Turkey is synonymous with Christmas. However, it seems such a shame that it is only ever eaten when the festive celebrations are in full swing. Turkey contains an absolute array of essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals and goodness, which means it is the perfect addition to your weekly diet.

Enjoying optimum health and wellbeing all stems from a balanced lifestyle. A sensible and wholesome diet, plenty of regular physical activity and making certain you sleep well are the most important things you can do for both your body and mind. Furthermore, choosing to exercise regularly and eat the right foods means it will be far easier to keep your weight under control and any unwelcome illnesses at bay.

Turkey is undoubtedly a tasty and positively nutritious food, so here are some of the top reasons why incorporating it into your diet will support your health, wellbeing and workouts:

Protein.

Turkey is one of the highest sources of protein available. We all need protein to aid muscle growth and repair, to support our bones, and to boost our skin’s collagen levels so the appearance of wrinkles is reduced. Everyone, young and old, needs to eat protein; children need it for optimum growth and development, and adults need it for cell nourishment. In extreme cases, a lack of protein in your diet could lead to muscle wastage.

If you are working out regularly, then it is crucial you support your body’s recovery processes by eating protein-rich foods. Consuming a portion of lean protein after your workout will help to increase the speed of muscle recovery, and also prevent your body from using its own muscle tissue for energy.

Saturated fat.

Turkey breast contains less than 1% saturated fat, making it one of the healthiest sources of protein available. Other meats, such as beef, pork, chicken and lamb, contain good levels of protein but high levels of saturated fat. 

A diet high in saturated fat can lead to raised blood cholesterol levels which, in turn, means you are at a greater risk of heart disease or suffering a stroke. However, a diet full of ‘healthy fats’ (unsaturated fats) can actually help to lower your blood cholesterol levels.

Low in calories. 

Turkey is the leanest meat option and extremely low in calories at just 150 calories per 100g portion. If you are watching your weight or trying to lose a few pounds then turkey is the perfect dietary option as it will fill you up without costing you too many calories.

Vitamins and minerals. 

Turkey is an excellent source of B vitamins – especially vitamin B6, which is important for the health of your red blood cells and nervous system. Vitamin B6 is also associated with helping to improve tiredness levels and feelings of depression. Furthermore, turkey contains selenium to keep your skin, hair and nails in good health, as well as balancing hormones, phosphorous for bone growth and development, iron to make the red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body, and zinc to support your immune system in fighting off bacteria and viruses.