Should We Prefer to Eat Smoked Turkey?
Many of the Americans prefer to consume Turkey which is a traditional meat served during Thanksgiving Day. It can be either cooked by grilling, roasting or stewing. Smoking the turkey, will add lots of flavor and therefore most people prefer this option as you get plenty of minerals and vitamins. For those who prefer low sodium diet, this may not be the right choice.
Let us see the benefits of taking smoked turkey.
- Calorie and fat
You will get 71.4 calories with each serving of turkey duly smoked if you take 1.5 ounces of meat without skin and bones. It also contains 2.1 grams of fat which makes 26 percent calories. It is essential to limit your calorie intake within 20 to 35 percent per day.
- Protein content
By taking this meat you can get protein of 12.3 grams, which will be needed for your muscle development, energy and hormone production. Make sure that in your daily food intake you must take 46 to 56 grams of protein so that you can fulfill your needs.
- Vitamin content
Turkey after it is smoked contains plenty of B vitamins. It can be very good source of vitamin B-3 and about 11.4 percent of this vitamin is required in your daily food intake. Getting sufficient vitamin B with turkey duly smoked will help you provide healthy skin and your nerves can also influence the way your body uses calcium. Also, you can get vitamin B-6 (9.7 percent of this vitamin is required every day).
- Mineral content
Tukey taken after cooking in smoke can provide you high amount of selenium. With one serving of this meat, you can satisfy about 25 per cent of your daily requirements. With selenium you can get antioxidant protection so that you can avoid any kind of skin damage. It can also protect your other tissues that can get damaged with free radicals and the damage due to surrounding environment. Selenium can also protect you from heart diseases, stroke, hardening of arteries, prostate cancer and lung cancer etc.
What are the risks by taking turkey after smoking
Single serving of smoked turkey can give you 418.3 mg of sodium. Higher level of sodium content can give rise to high blood pressure, heart diseases and water retention. Therefore, you must avoid taking turkey that is undercooked whether it is smoked or cooked in some other way. Also, the undercooked turkey may contain bacteria which can create gastrointestinal problems. There is a risk of breast cancer too with regular intake of turkey.