Is Dark-Meat Turkey Really So Bad for Me?
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Is Dark-Meat Turkey Really So Bad for Me?

Our nutrition expert explains the health benefits of dark-meat turkey.

Q. Is dark-meat turkey really so bad for me?

A. Go ahead and reach for a drumstick. "Turkey is a good source of low-fat protein and nutrients, no matter which cut you choose," says Joanne Larsen, RD, founder of It has only eight calories and one gram of fat more per ounce than white meat but about twice as much riboflavin and zinc, which are key for energy and a healthy immune system. It also provides nearly two and a half times as many heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.