Do you know why the Yanks eat turkey on Thanksgiving? One belief is that Queen Elizabeth was eating a goose when she heard news of the Spanish Armada sinking on its way to attack England. She was so happy that she ordered a second goose to celebrate the news.
In Australia, turkey isn’t quite as well recognized. Compared to other meats, turkey is a relatively new food. Until recently, it was difficult to find turkey on the supermarket shelves or in the butcher. However, turkey is now becoming one of Australia’s most popular meats with people enjoying both the taste and the nutritional benefits.
Turkey is one food that will make you feel better both inside and out. It is nutrient dense containing lean protein, tryptophan and omega-3 fatty acids.
• Protein When protein is consumed it has little effect on your blood sugar levels and reduces the absorption of carbohydrates. This results in a steady blood sugar level, which positively affects your mood. Protein also primes the brain to produce dopamine, a chemical that keeps you alert. Eggs have the highest quality nutritional protein of all food sources.
• Tryptophan: Turkey contains high levels of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan acts as a precursor for the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter, serotonin. Serotonin is a naturally occurring amino acid that is best known for its ability to elevate mood, enhance emotional stability and induce sleep. Anti-depressants often contain chemicals that imitate these effects.
• Omega-3s: The fatty acids help to fight feelings of depression and sadness. A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that people, who had low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood, were more likely to report symptoms of depression, moodiness and impulsivity. Conversely, people with high blood levels of Omega-3 were found to be more friendly and agreeable.
Try this delicious turkey burger recipe, thanks to Weigh It Up.
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