Chromium: An Essential Element of Health
We know that turkey tastes delicious, but did you know that it’s also good for you?
Turkey is naturally rich in vital nutrients, such as iron, zinc and potassium, that your body needs to stay healthy. But did you know turkey also packs in some other nutrients the body needs that may be less familiar? Turkey is a great source of the trace mineral, chromium, which is necessary to enhance the body’s ability to break down sugars and carbohydrates and maintain blood pressure.
The National Institute of Health reports the average adult needs between 25-35 micrograms (mcg) of chromium each day. One three-ounce serving of turkey breast can provide approximately 2 mcg of chromium, making turkey a great option to incorporate these essential nutrients into your everyday diet. Chromium is also commonly found in foods such as broccoli, green beans, potatoes and whole grain products, all which pair nicely with a hearty turkey meal!
Working to include more vital nutrients, such as chromium, in your diet? Fill your plate with lean turkey and plenty of fruits and veggies! Try out this Grilled Turkey Breakfast Pizza or Broccoli Turkey Potato Casserole to ensure you hit all of the essential food groups.
For more information on how to make the most of your meals, MyPlate is your guide to a well-balanced diet, including food proportions and serving sizes to get you the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.