ground beef/turkey, which to chose?

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  1. donnA

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    I learned something I did not kow a few months ago on feednetwork, and it's important. Especially if your trying to cut fat from you diet.
    I always thought ground turkey was leaner then ground beef, and a good subetutite.
    Not so. Some ground turkey is very low fat and a benefit over ground beef. But some has the skin and fat ground in it. Making it as high a fat content as hamburger.
    A good reason to read labels. When the lable does not give the lean to fat ratio, I compare the fat and calories on thelabels to see if it too high fat.
    Went to the store and compared every ground raw turkey product to see. Yep, one product we were buying was as high in fat as hamburger (23%). But most were well below ground chucks fat content (15%)
    Some definations of the different ground beefs.
    http://homecooking.about.com/od/beef/a/groundbeeflabel.htm
    chart of fat percetages
    http://southernfood.about.com/library/weekly/aa090802b.htm
    As someone who does not eat fat( as little as possible, you won't findme eating a regular hamburger), and will cut it out everywhere possible, this was a surprise and now I know how to properly shop for our food.
    Eating low fat does not mean you can not eat ground beef, or you can't eat a hamburger, you just need to get the very low fat ground beef. My preference is the 97/3, (97% lean, 3% fat) but it isn't always available here, and it is very expensive, so usully I buy the 93/7, also expensive, but not as high. Now I make sure when I buy ground turkey it is at least 90/10. And I frequently make my burgers from turkey.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1407155/why_you_should_use_ground_turkey_in.html
    Just some stuff I've been learning about eating low fat that i thought I'd share.
     
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    Thanks Donna, that's information I'll have to look up! I used to buy ground chicken, but stores seem to have all quit doing that. It made one wonderful meat loaf though!

    I really have been surprised at how much stuff is low fat in our lives, but high in sugar. It kinda made me sad. LOL For example, I love avocados, then found they were high in fat. I love sweet taters, but they've got a lot of sugar. You can do a vegetarian diet and still get loaded on fat and sugar! It's crazy! In this land of abundance, with so many choices, we really do have to know our food and be careful with what we pick. Thanks for the reminder and the information!
     
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    Glad it was helpful. In my quest for al little fat and sugar as possible I have found it's really hard to cut it completely, they stick sugar in almost everything. Which is a good reason not to buy convience foods.
     
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    Good point. Recently read an article (wish for the life of me I could remember where), that states that the average adult should not consume more than 15 g of sugar per day (another case for label reading!).

    By keeping to that maximum level or under, we moderate our weight (doesn't pack on to our waistlines) and keeps our insulin levels balanced.
     
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    I have never eaten turkey in any shape or form so there you go:tongue3:
     
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    Turkey is heather. Also use the right spices and you cannot tell the difference.
     
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    I agree, treat it right and you can't tell it's not beef. But I also like the flavor of turkey too. Sometimes I use it like beef, and sometimes I just want turkey, plus I buy only the lean ground beef, never anything less then 90% lean, but prefer 93 or 97% lean, when I can afford the difference.
    Think of how much fat we cut from our regular diets by making just this kind of change.
     
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    We sometimes mix lean ground beef and lean ground turkey, depending on what we are making out of it. For something like a meatloaf or burgers it is great. For something like a casserole we use straight turkey. Haven't been able to afford the turkey of late, though.
     
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    I do the same thing Trotter.
    I buy my lean ground turkey at wal mart and it's $1.74 a 1 pound roll.
    Eating healthy definitely costs more.
     
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    donnA, at Wal Mart frequently they will mark meat and chicken way down when they get close to the "sell by" date. At our WM I have found this is early in the morning. That is when I stock up on the 96/4 meat and the leanest turkey for the freezer, and also chicken. Ask your meat dept when they do this and try and plan your shopping trips around those times and it really helps!
     
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    I buy my meat marked down like that at Food Lion a lot, prettiest mark downmeat around, and great prices, usually about half off.
     
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    We buy 1# rolls of ground turkey at Aldi's for 99 cents. The ground beef (not lean) is $2.99 a pound there. We usually mix half and half. Depends on what I'm making.
     
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    We've decided whenever we go to Bowling Green we're taking our ice chest and visiting aldi, but wouldn't make any special trips since it costs so much to go anyway. But I'll be look at that turkey.
     

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