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Ground turkey vs ground beef?

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So I was at the store reading the nutritional labels- say both the turkey and the beef have the same fat content (7%), and the calorie count is the same. Saturated fat- surprising to me- almost the same, a bit more for the beef. I would have guessed the turkey is better for you than the beef, but the numbers are about the same. Am I missing something?

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  1. I wonder if you grabbed the ground turkey BREAST you would see what you want to see...
    http://caloriecount.about.com/calorie...

    vs.

    http://caloriecount.about.com/calorie...

    compared to whatever % of beef + fat you are looking at...

    1. Extra lean GB versus ground dark turkey meat would probably weigh in close.

      DT

      1. I don't think I asked my question very clearly! I prefer the 7% turkey; the breast-only is too dry for me. If you're going to get meat with 7% fat, is there any benefit to getting turkey vs the beef?

        (If not, I'd go with beef- even if it is the extra-lean kind- more flavor! Just thought turkey was "healthier".)

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        1. re: ochound

          Some studies show a higher association with eating red meat and cardiovascualr disease/cancer:

          http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/23/...

          But definite causality has not been proven.