I have been substituting lean ground turkey for ground beef for years and enjoying it! It started when I found I was having a painfully difficult time digesting beef. Then I noticed it wasn’t just beef but some dairy products. After a while and a lot of trial and error, I figured out what I could and could not eat without doubling over. Simply, it’s the high levels of fats found in regular meat and in some dairy foods and sauces. My body was leading me to a healthier diet.
After doing some reading about turkey versus beef I found the most common nutritional mistake is trading ground turkey for ground beef. Turkey breast is lean, but dark meat isn’t and some regular ground turkey contains both! Unless you read the label carefully and buy lean ground turkey breast you will not be saving on the saturated fat you are trying to cut down. (I have tried the extra lean ground turkey breast but I found it to0 soft and moist to cook/work with. I prefer to use the lean turkey breast.)
For example: A 1/4 lb of “regular” turkey breast contains 3 g sat fat. A 1/4 lb of lean ground sirloin contains 2.5 g sat fat. A 1/4 lb of lean ground turkey breast contains .5g sat fat.
Saturated fat raises the level of cholesterol in your blood and the high levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Not Good :( The American Heart Association recommends (on a 2,000 calories per day diet) no more than 120 calories should come from saturated fats. That’s about 13g of saturated fats a day. That’s pretty easy right? Well, consider what else you are eating during the day like a donut = 6g sat fat, a bagel is ok but that cream cheese = 5-6g of sat fat, bakery muffin = 2-8g sat fat. It adds up quickly.
So, start reading the labels and replacing your beef for lean ground turkey breast. You will be surprised how good it is. Tomorrow’s blog will have a yummy Sloppy Joe recipe I’m sure you will love. It’s in the Special Day Cooking format so your kids can help make a great meal with you.