Food Q&A: Burgers -- Turkey vs. Beef

Are turkey burgers healthier than beef burgers?

Need ideas for coping with restaurant buffets? Want some good snack ideas? In our Q&A series, nutritionist and food editor Leslie Fink, MS, RD, answers questions about food, nutrition and weight loss.

Q: Are turkey burgers healthier than beef burgers? I've read that the ground turkey may contain skin and dark meat.

A: You are correct. Whereas ground turkey sounds healthier than ground beef, if the package or label does not specify lean ground turkey breasts, it may contain dark meat and fat-laden skin. In that case, extra lean ground beef may be a slimmer pick. Be a smart consumer and check your food labels.

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