What's the Difference Between White and Dark Meat Turkey?

What's the Difference Between White and Dark Meat Turkey?

Most people around the table will have a definite preference for their serving of bird: white meat or dark. Dark meat tends to be richer, more flavorful and moister; white meat is less fatty, blander and drier. Lots of people also choose white meat because they think it's healthier – it has less fat and fewer calories than dark. A 3 1/2 ounce serving of white meat (about the size of a computer mouse) has 161 calories and 4 grams of fat, versus 232 calories and 13 grams of fat for dark meat (and dark meat has more vitamins). Try a heritage turkey – a slow-growing, pasture-raised bird that more resembles wild turkeys of yesterday in flavor, especially the dark meat.

About Us

When you want to outsmart the world, you turn to the facts. And the facts are in the science.

Subscribe to our newsletter!