Everyone is making deep fried turkeys these days. My friend says they are healthier than regular roasted turkeys, but this doesn't seem likely to me. Which is better for you?
-Perplexed 'Bout Poultry
Great question! I've received so many emails about this. Not surprisingly (though it will be to your friend, apparently!), a deep fried bird contains more fat and calories than a regular roasted turkey. But the difference isn't as big as you'd think. The nutritional information is as follows; 3.5 ounces of deep fried turkey has approximately 190 calories and 11 grams of fat, while the same size portion of regular roasted turkey breast typically contains about 165 calories and 7 grams of fat. Last, and when it comes to fat and calories, least, a 3.5 ounce serving of skinless roasted turkey breast clocks in at around 140 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. As you may have guessed, the roasted turkey without skin is your best bet. You may also be wondering if skinless deep fried turkey and skinless oven roasted turkey have the same amount of calories (I was). Close, but not quite. Turkey skin melts a little during cooking, seeping into the meat right below it. This, of course, makes the meat a little bit fattier and more caloric than its roasted counterpart. To minimize this effect, I suggest you take turkey from a little further down into the bird. Overall, while it's a good idea to stick with skinless roasted turkey breast, I'd worry more about those creamy, fatty side dishes and rich, decadent desserts, than about how your turkey is cooked. HG Tip: Turkey that's deep fried in canola or vegetable oil at a higher temperature (350 degrees+) will absorb less fat and oil than turkeys that are fried at lower temperatures. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dear Hungry Girl,
I've recently heard about so many companies putting false information on their packaging. First it was all the frozen yogurt and soft serve diet ice creams, then Pirate's Booty. And now those Nutritious Creations treats. What's next? And who can you trust? It's depressing!!!
- Skeptical Snacker
I feel your pain, and understand your frustration. For starters, if something seems too good to be true, it often is. Those Nutritious Creations baked goods are a PERFECT example of that. So I say be VERY careful when it comes to packaged snacks from smaller "mom & pop" companies. From what I have personally seen, there's more of a chance of getting accurate nutritionals on products put out by larger companies. That's not to say you can't trust ANY small companies. All I am saying is be careful. So what does that mean exactly? Well, to play it very safe, you should probably always count some extra calories (or a few more points) for these snacks. And keep your snacking on questionable "junk food" swaps to a minimum, which is a good idea anyhow. Try to limit your intake of "fake" chips or snack cakes, cookies, etc., to a few times a week. And eat healthier snacks -- like fruits and veggies -- as often as possible. Don't get caught up in that trap of overeating reduced calorie snack foods. It's not healthy for you, and if you're trying to lose weight there's a chance you won't lose as much if you load up on those things.
CHEW ON THIS: Today, November 23rd, is National Cashew Day. Cashews are yummy and high in protein, but try to stick to a one handful serving.
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