(And its “Sidekick:” Skinless Chicken Breast)

A source of:

  • turkey breastRiboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamins  B6 and B12
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
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There is substantial research evidence that the consumption of red meat is correlated with increased rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and certain cancers. A large 28-year study followed 37,698 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study ad 83,644 women from the Nurses’ Health Study who were free of cancer and CVD at the beginning of this study.

This research found that eating one serving per day of unprocessed red meat (beef, pork, or lamb) increased the total mortality rate during the time of the study by 13 percent, and one serving of processed red meat (such as bacon, hot dogs, sausage, salami, and bologna) increased it by 20 percent. The increase in CVD mortality was 18 percent for unprocessed red meat and 21 percent for processed meat; the increase in cancer mortality was 10 percent for unprocessed red meat and 16 percent for processed red meat.

The study concluded, “Red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total death, CVD and cancer mortality. Substitution of other healthy protein sources for red meat is associated with a lower mortality risk.”

In addition to being one of the leanest meats on the planet, skinless turkey breast is rich in a variety of nutrients, including riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, iron, selenium, and zinc. Skinless chicken breast is actually higher in both saturated fat and calories than turkey breast. So if you don’t want to roast a whole turkey breast, try burgers made from fresh ground white-meat turkey. Just be sure that the meat you buy is 97 percent fat free as well as organic and from free-range turkeys, if possible.

*This brief summary contains copyrighted material from SuperFoods HealthStyle by Steven G. Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews. Copyright © 2006 by Steven G. Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews Inc., published by HarperCollins; and from SuperFoods Rx For Pregnancy by Steven Pratt, M.D. Copyright © 2013 by SuperFoods Partners, LLC, published by Wiley. All rights reserved.