Fat Burning Foods - Turkey

Dieting is big business.  You can’t turn on the T.V. or log onto the Internet without being bombarded with ads promoting one diet or another.  With all the diets on the market, it’s difficult to decide which one will give the best results without sacrificing your health.  Whether you choose to go low fat, low carb or low cal, there are several fat burning foods that can both contribute to weight loss  and  be nutritions at the same time.  One of these foods is turkey.

Why should you include turkey in your weight loss regime?  The answer is simple.  Turkey is one of the must effective fat burning foods available.  It has fewer calories than any of the other lean meats and less fat than chicken.  As with most proteins, turkey causes your body to use up to 30% of its calories during digestion and builds muscle in the process.  As the protein in turkey is broken down, it also stimulates the liver in its elimination of toxins and fats in the body.  In addition, it is more filling  than either fats or carbohydrates, so you can leave the table feeling satisfied.

Since it is a good source of vitamins B6 and B12, turkey helps your body regulate blood sugars and convert nutrients into energy.  Turkey can  also increase your metabolism because it contains leucine, an essential amino acid.  And that’s not all.  Turkey also contains a trace mineral called selenium, which can repair DNA and damaged cells in the body, as well as helping your thyroid’s metabolism and your immune system.

So it is no surprise that the consumation of this fat burning food has increased over the past several décades, as Americans have learned more about its nutritional value and its weight loss potential.  We are finding that, to assure weight loss, it is essential to reduce our intake of complex carbohydrates and eat more fat burning foods like turkey.  With one four ounce serving of roasted turkey breast having only 175 calories and 3.3 grams of fat, and containing 33.9 grams of protein, it is one of the most effective fat burning foods.

Now that you know how good turkey is for you, the big question is:  White meat or dark?  The average turkey raised in this country consists of 7o% white meat and 30% dark meat.  Since most Americans prefer white meat, the animals that are produced have much larger breasts than their ancestor, the wild turkey.  In fact, because the turkeys that are bred have such big breasts, the male of the species can not fertilize the females; turkey eggs have to be fertilized artificially.  But getting back to our question, the white meat of the turkey has less calories, so it is the better choice if you are trying to lose weight.  If, however, you prefer dark meat, you will still reep the benefits of this fat burning food.

Even as the consumption of turkey has increased in America, this source of lean protein is still associated with Thanks Giving, when we consume approximately 45 million turkeys.  The turkey is also considered to be a rather stupid animal.  And although it is true that many a turkey has drowned to death by “looking up” during a rain storm, your friends and family won’t call you a “turkey” when you parade your slim new body…the result of including this most effective of all the fat burning foods in your diet:  TURKEY!

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