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Turkey is awesome! For those of you that consume meat, there are some amazing health benefits to eating turkey. Not only is it a meat that can easily be found free-range, but it is a food source domestic to the U.S. Below I am going to list some nutrition facts about this amazing bird, and explain how eating it can add to your health.

According to the USDA nutrition database:

- 3 oz of turkey breast meat contains 125 calories, 26 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, and 0 grams of carbohydrate( yay! no sugar)

-3 oz of dark meat turkey 147 calories, 24 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 0 grams of carbohydrate

-Turkey contain vitamins B-12 and B-6 (aid in cognitive, nerve, and neurological functions as well as carbohydrate metabolism and regulation of homocysteine which has been linked to cardiovascular disease), niacin or B-3 (promotes blood circulation, healthy skin, increased memory function, absorption of macro and micro nutrients in blood, and cholesterol regulation), choline (necessary for making the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and the membranes of brain cells phospholipids, turns the foods we eat into energy for the body, and moves the fats we eat out of the liver preventing fatty liver disease), selenium (helps create antioxidants, helps regulate thyroid function, and plays a role in the immune system) and zinc (important for the immune system and functionality of our taste and smell senses).

Turkey's health benefits are far-reaching. Turkey is high in protein, 1 of 3 vital macronutrients needed for your body's function. Because turkey is high in protein, it aids in retaining your lean muscle mass which stabilizes insulin levels after meals. No crazy blood sugar spikes, no unnecessary fat storage! Dark meat turkey contains moderate amounts of good fats. Omega-3 fatty acids and, contrary to popular belief, saturated fat which helps protect our cardiovascular systems from trans fats, aid in strengthening bones, and aid in protecting our livers from alcohol and medications. Turkey that hasn't been factory farmed (I hope that's what we are all buying *side eye*) has low sodium levels. Heyo! No bloat!

As you can see, turkey is a bad-ass, brain-aiding, body-loving bird! This holiday season, eat turkey, responsibly. Don't settle for buying and eating a bird that had a shit life and will give you shit health benefits. Purchase free-range, wild turkey. A turkey that lived it's life like nature intended, and then enjoy the health boosts!

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