USDA Dietary Recommendations

MyPlate helps people understand their personal diet in terms of healthy diet and lifestyle choices.

  1. Grains, including whole grains.
  2. Vegetables, including dark green and orange veggies.
  3. Fruits, emphasis is on eating a variety of fruits.
  4. Poultry, meats, fish, beans and nuts, choose low-fat and lean poultry and meats.
  5. Milk, yogurt and cheese, choose low-fat or fat-free. logo shows a pie chart of the proportions of fruits, grains, vegetables

The “Protein” section of the plate recommends choosing lean or low-fat meat and poultry. Turkey is a nutrient-rich protein that is lower in fat and calories than many other foods within this group.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 offers direction that encourages lean meat protein. Five general principles of the Guidelines fit well with turkey meat’s lean, protein-packed nutrition that comes in a variety of convenient items from breakfast turkey sausages and turkey bacon to ground turkey meat for hamburgers and grilling favorites that include turkey drumsticks, turkey breast and turkey tenderloin. See how turkey stacks up in protein, low fat and nutrition

Nutrition facts for roast turkey and no skin
Nutrition facts for pre-sliced turkey ham, 10% water added
Nutrition facts for ground turkey at 13% fat
Nutrition facts for turkey breast, roasted, skinlesss