We saw a Thanksgiving survey yesterday that found 50% of people like white meat . . . 32% prefer dark, and everyone else isn't sure, or doesn't eat turkey. Now here's a follow-up question: Is white meat really healthier?

A lot of people think it is, because it's not as fatty. But that's only half the story.

Dark meat DOES have more fat. But it's also higher in certain nutrients, like iron, zinc, selenium, and B vitamins.

There's also not a huge difference in calories. Any three-ounce cut of meat from a turkey has 160 to 190 calories. So we're only talking about a 30-calorie difference.

The real thing to pay attention to is how MUCH you eat. Because if you're going back for seconds or thirds, it's unhealthy no matter what.

Also, the true calorie bombs at Thanksgiving are the side dishes. One serving of mashed potatoes is about 240 calories, stuffing is about 195, green bean casserole is about 225, and pumpkin pie, 280 calories per slice. Or more if you add whipped cream.

In other words, you're better off eating more turkey and fewer sides. And don't worry too much about white meat vs. dark. Just eat what you like, and don't overdo it.

Read more at The Daily Meal / Consumer Reports.

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