Turkey for Heart Health

February is Heart Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to talk about heart-healthy options for your menu.

While heart disease is the number-one cause of death in the U.S., there are many things people can do to reduce their chances of developing heart problems. A healthy diet including lean protein and low-fat, low-sodium foods is key. As an operator, you can help your diners improve their diets by offering better-for-you menu items. They’re beneficial for your patrons’ health, and beneficial for your establishment, too.

Consumers are seeking low-fat, alternative protein options for items like burgers and breakfast meats. In fact, Technomic listed “pliable proteins” as one of its top-ten trends for foodservice operators. Join in on the trend by giving patrons the option of ordering heart-healthy turkey in place of other proteins. See how turkey outshines some of its counterparts:

  • A cooked serving of ground turkey contains 11 grams of fat, compared to ground beef with 15 grams and ground pork with 18 grams.
  • A serving of roasted, skinless turkey breast has 0 grams of saturated fat and 44 milligrams of sodium, while a serving of roasted, trimmed beef tenderloin packs 4 grams of saturated fat and 52 milligrams of sodium.
  • A roasted, skinless whole turkey has 2 grams of fat and 57 milligrams of sodium per serving, while a roasted, skinless whole chicken contains 6 grams of fat and 73 milligrams of sodium per serving.

As you can see, turkey is a delicious, heart-healthy menu solution. Offer it as an alternative option so diners can enjoy their favorites without all the added fat and sodium. Try our turkey burgers, turkey bacon and pulled white turkey in place of other meats for a flavorful, healthy substitution.





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