Nutritional Comparison of White and Dark Meat Turkey With Torfurky

Turkey: White vs. Dark Meat vs. Tofurky

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and people are starting to plan their plates. Will you be serving up white meat or dark? Perhaps you're be skipping the bird altogether and opting for a tofu version instead. Many people who avoid dark meat, thinking it's less healthy than white. Here's handy chart to see how they compare, and we've also added the stats on Tofurky.


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Meat Type (3.5 ounce serving) Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Protein (g)
White meat 156 3.2 1 29.7
White meat with skin 188 7.4 2.1 28.5
Dark meat 186 7.2 2.4 28.4
Dark meat with skin 220 11.5 3.5 27.3
Tofurky (1/6 of the roast) 300 7 0 42

While dark meat does contain a few more calories and fat, it also contains a considerable amount of iron, so go ahead and eat that drumstick you crave. Keep in mind that the skin contains a ton of calories and fat, so feel free to indulge a little, but don't go overboard. As for the Tofurky, I'm surprised to see that it contains so much fat and calories. At least it's low in saturated fat.

Enjoy whichever protein you choose, but remember that these numbers don't include stuffing or gravy on the side. So if you want to save room for a slice of grandma's famous pumpkin pie, limit the turkey fixings.

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