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Turkey is for life - not just for Christmas.

With Christmas just around the corner (and Thanksgiving celebrations earlier this week for our American friends), many of us will have turkey on the brain as we scour the shops for the perfect poultry for the festivities, but once the last remnants of turkey sandwiches are polished off come Boxing day, this glorious bird is soon forgotten about, overshadowed by more popular choices like chicken or beef the rest of the year. But this nutritional powerhouse is a great way to add variety to your daily diet — without any extra fat and unwanted calories.

Here are just a few reasons why you should aim to include more turkey in your everyday diet.

• Turkey is a rich source of protein. One 3.5 oz serving of skinless turkey breast packs 30 grams of protein—but only 161 calories and 4 grams of fat.
• Turkey meat is a source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.
• Turley is also a source of B vitamins and niacin, which are both essential for the body’s energy production.
• Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system and can help you sleep.
• Turkey is also a source of selenium, an antioxidant necessary for thyroid metabolism and boosting immunity.
• Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels. The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable.

Turkey is for life – not just for Christmas.


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