Free radicals, macronutrients and other tricky terms: How to talk about nutrition
Everyone who's ever embarked on a concerted effort to watch their weight knows the nutritional benefits of turkey. Indeed, as this detailed guide to Why Turkey Is Good For You by nutritionist Carrie Ruxton explains, turkey breast meat is low in fat and high in the kind of micronutrients that lead to a healthier lifestyle. But what if you're a weightloss newbie and words like macro and micronutrient bring you out in a cold sweat of incomprehension? Luckily, we're here to help and we're going to look at the Turkey Ham Citrus Salad recipe featured on this site, in order to demonstrate the full extent of its health-giving bounty and uncover just what all these tricky nutritional terms mean.
Turkey ham citrus salad
Turkey ham citrus salad
Turkey ham citrus salad. This salad is a nutritional winner on many levels. As everyone knows, it's essential to get a healthy and varied mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats into your diet. These are the building blocks of nutrition and are known as macronutrients. This particular dish is not high in carbohydrates but because of the turkey, it is high in protein (100g will provide three quarters of your daily protein needs) and because of this, it makes you feel fuller for longer while also helping rebuild muscle tissue. Indeed, this salad would be a perfect lunch after a workout – just make sure you've eaten a light carbohydrate-based snack (something like oat cakes with a smear of avocado or peanut butter would be perfect) before you work out to give you the energy you need to bust through your routine.
Good & bad fats
Although turkey breast meat's low-fat properties have been touted, it's really the nature of the fat that you've got to monitor rather than obsessively counting grams. The chief benefit of eating turkey instead of something like roast pork is that the 'bad fat' (the saturated fat count) is gram-for-gram much lower.
More on Micronutrients
When it comes to micronutrients,turkey ham citrus salad is also a great choice. Micronutrients are the chemical elements found in trace amounts in food and are the building blocks of a healthy body. We're talking here about vitamins, minerals and acids that combine to help your body grow, repair and fight off infection. As any nutritionist will tell you, it's all very well eating the right foods but for certain micronutrients to take full effect, you have to combine complementary foods so that their benefits can be more easily absorbed into your blood stream. This is why the oranges, tomatoes and pineapples contained within the salad are so important – they're a potent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which allows the micronutrients in the turkey to be more readily absorbed into the bloodstream and fights the free radicals that are also usually present in the body.
Free radicals
This is a term used often, particularly in reference to nutrition and skincare, but it is rarely, if ever, explained. Without getting too technical, free radicals are unstable molecules in the body that 'attack' other, stable molecules in order to steal their electrons and gain stability. This process often escalates into a chain reaction and can result in cell damage and reduce the body's ability to function. Antioxidants 'donate' their electrons to free radicals to stop a chain reaction occurring. They're also an excellent source of dietary fibre. Tomatoes in particular are a kind of superfood: they contain lycopene, an particularly useful antioxidant that some studies have shown helps to prevent skin damage from UV rays and offers some protection from skin cancer. Not bad for a simple salad!

If you want to find out more about turkey's nutritional benefits, be sure to take a look at Carrie Ruxton's guide!

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