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What's the point of ground turkey?
Old Fri, January 11th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default What's the point of ground turkey?

So, I was I thought I'd try making some tacos with ground turkey. Ground turkey is known for being healthier than ground beef, but when I looked at the nutrition label I was shocked to discover that the ground turkey had more fat and less protein than the lean ground beef. I decided to stick with the lean ground beef. So, why would anyone cook with ground turkey?
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Old Fri, January 11th, 2008, 08:33 PM   #2
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why would anyone cook with ground turkey?
Marketing?

Regular ground turkey has less fat than regular ground beef
Lean ground turkey has less fat than lean ground beef
Extra lean ground turkey has less fat than extra lean ground beef

But it gets more complicated when you try to compare lean or extra lean beef to turkey (regular or lean) You really have to read the labels. When fat content is equal, it appears that beef is a wiser choice nutritionally than turkey

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One of the reasons I cook with ground turkey rather than ground beef is because I'm trying to eat lower in the food chain. It costs less resources in energy, land, and water to raise turkey protein than beef protein.
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Old Fri, January 11th, 2008, 08:34 PM   #3
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There is 99% lean ground turkey.

But it tastes like cardboard.

I've never seen beef that lean.
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Old Sat, January 12th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #4
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There is 99% lean ground turkey.

But it tastes like cardboard.

This from the Broccoli Shake man .
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Old Sat, January 12th, 2008, 07:44 AM   #5
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Per advice from a professional body builder and doctor I stay as far away from turkey as possible. It contains very very large does of estrogen.............organic(anti hormomal) is ok......but who cares when you have lean beef, ham, pork, chicken, eggs, fish, and etc...
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Old Sat, January 12th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #6
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yeah I don't get it either. It's always significantly more expensive than the beef around here as well.


I bought some when it was on sale once and made a lean meatloaf with it. It sucked.

I'll stick to the 96/4 ground beef.
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Old Sat, January 12th, 2008, 08:52 AM   #7
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Marketing. Im sure the turkey farmers are involved somehow...eat it if you like the taste (I do on occasion, for something different) Otherwise, stick to you beef.
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This from the Broccoli Shake man .


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Per advice from a professional body builder and doctor I stay as far away from turkey as possible. It contains very very large does of estrogen.............organic(anti hormomal) is ok......but who cares when you have lean beef, ham, pork, chicken, eggs, fish, and etc...
The FDA in the US ban hormones or steroids during production of any fowl. That is a common myth.
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Looks like Mannish called "fowl" on that fact....
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Old Sat, January 12th, 2008, 09:47 AM   #10
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Looks like Mannish called "fowl" on that fact....
I LOL'ed!

I use the ground turkey breast all the time. Some of the tastiest turkey meatballs are made with the stuff.

There is: Ground Turkey

And there is: Ground Turkey Breast

Make sure you get the extra lean if extra fat is a factor.
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Old Sun, January 13th, 2008, 03:45 AM   #11
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I use the 99% lean ground turkey breast in my chili; I tried it once with beef and it tasted pretty poor. I use 96% ground beef in a soup. Otherwise, all my dinners are made with chicken breast.
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Old Sun, January 13th, 2008, 04:50 AM   #12
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Per advice from a professional body builder and doctor I stay as far away from turkey as possible. It contains very very large does of estrogen.............organic(anti hormomal) is ok......but who cares when you have lean beef, ham, pork, chicken, eggs, fish, and etc...
Whats wrong with eating meat injected by estrogen ? U cant increase ur estrogen levels oraly? especially that the meat is heated at very high temperatures ,correct me if I am wrong..
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Old Sun, January 13th, 2008, 07:18 PM   #13
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I use ground turkey all the time. Variety of reasons:

1. I love the flavor (I get 93%, the 99% stuff is like eating a bouncy ball.)

2. I need the variety.

3. It's often cheaper than beef where I am.

4. I love the flavor. Did I mention that?

Most days I make it as loose meat, cooked with garlic powder, onion flakes, and pepper. I add soy sauce at the end and have it mixed with brown rice. One of my favorite meals of the day, easy to prepare, cheap, and tasty.
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Looks like Mannish called "fowl" on that fact....

LMAO!!

My wife and I (since we are real newbies to some of this stuff) made this same discovery about ground turkey yesterday.

We were going to use it in a soup but found the 96% lean beef to a healthier buy!
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Old Mon, January 28th, 2008, 09:57 AM   #15
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Or you can go for the xtra lean beef....
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Old Mon, January 28th, 2008, 11:33 AM   #16
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My girlfriend likes ground turkey better than ground beef and is also allergic to wheat. I mix a package of the 99% and the 93% together with some oats, eggs, and seasonings to make a great turkey meatloaf. The consistency of the two types together makes it much better than only using the breast. We use it because of her preference to it as well as a way to add variety to our meals. Variety is the spice of life...
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