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What's the point of ground turkey?

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by Master Moron, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Master Moron

    Master Moron Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  2. guava

    guava Elite Member
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    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

    http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=141
    http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=125

    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.
     
  3. MannishBoy

    MannishBoy Senior Member

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    There is 99% lean ground turkey.

    But it tastes like cardboard.

    I've never seen beef that lean.
     
  4. OrangeTiger

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    This from the Broccoli Shake man :eek:.
     
  5. Sogy

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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...
     
  6. guano~~

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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.
     
  7. Gorilla

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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.
     
  8. MannishBoy

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    :D

    :nono: The FDA in the US ban hormones or steroids during production of any fowl. That is a common myth.
     
  9. Gorilla

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    Looks like Mannish called "fowl" on that fact....:blank::D
     
  10. docutech

    docutech Active Member

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    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.
     
  11. astroguy

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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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    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..
     
  13. NotNamedDan

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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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  14. AzDesertRhino

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    LMAO!! :lol:

    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!
     
  15. Timbermiko

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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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