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    Nutritionally, Dark Meat Trumps White Meat

    By By Heather Ashare, MPH for DietsInReview.com
    December 06, 2012, 5:40:32 AM EST

    Have you shunned a drumstick at Thanksgiving because of a fear of fat and calories? In our attempts to trim our turkey dinner we may be cutting out some key nutrients.


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    We looked at the nutritional benefits of both white and dark meat turkey and learned that there’s nothing wrong with fighting over the drumstick after all.

    In our side-by-side analysis, we used a 3.5 ounce serving for both white and dark meat turkey, without skin.

    * Calories: White meat = 161 calories. Dark meat = 192 calories. * Fat: White meat = 4 grams. Dark meat = 8 grams. * Protein: White meat = 30 grams. Dark meat = 28 grams. * Iron: White meat = 1.57 mg. Dark meat = 2.4 mg. * Zinc: White meat = 2.08 mg. Dark meat = 4.3 mg. * Thiamine: White meat = .04 mg. Dark meat = .05 mg. * Riboflavin: White meat = .13 mg. Dark meat = .24 mg. * Selenium: White meat = 32.10 mcg. Dark meat = 40.90 mcg. * Folate: White meat = .01 mcg. Dark meat = 10 mcg.

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