Turkey is one of the big stars of our Hearty Turkey Chili at SoLé Soups. We all know that turkey tastes delicious, but what do our bodies think about this versatile protein? Turkey isn’t just tasty, it’s also good for you, and some of our favorite health benefits of turkey include:
- Contains less cholesterol – When compared to chicken, beef, or pork, light roasted turkey contains less cholesterol. The difference between chicken and turkey, in terms of cholesterol, isn’t dramatic but it is notable. In a 3.5 ounce serving of chicken breast one can find about 85mg of cholesterol, while the same size serving of turkey will contain 80mg.
- It can be a stress reliever – Turkey naturally contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps promote nitrogen balance in adults. Tryptophan is also well known to promote relaxation and sleep and is largely credited for being the reason so many need a nice nap after Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey really does provide that warm and cozy relaxed feeling!
- Rich source of various nutrients – Turkey has a lot more than tryptophan in its nutrient pocket, it’s also a rich source of protein, Vitamin B6, niacin, zinc, and Vitamin B12. There is a great deal of nourishment packed into each delicious bite. Niacin, in particular, serves an important purpose in helping to convert proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into usable energy for the body.
- Lower in saturated fat – When compared to chicken, beef, or pork, turkey is naturally lower in saturated fat. A 3oz portion of chicken breast meat contains about 0.28g of saturated fat, while the same sized portion of turkey breast contains 0.17g.
- Rich source of selenium – Selenium is a trace mineral important to thyroid hormone metabolism and immune function. With its ability to support healthy antioxidant defense systems, some studies even show that selenium may have some cancer protection properties. One 3.5oz serving of turkey contains about 35.4mcg of selenium.
Our Hearty Turkey Chili uses turkey to turn your lunch into something that’s not just pleasing to the tastebuds, but to the body as well. At our SoLé Soups Studios in Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks, we’re making lunch something to look forward to!