What’s Better: Pork, Turkey or Chicken Sausage?
Sausage is becoming a much more popular food item across the United States, even for those individuals who are extremely health consciousness. The reason? Options. Just like the creation of turkey bacon, the rising popularity of turkey and chicken sausage is making a positive impact on easy and healthy meals everywhere. But, don’t forget about delicious traditional pork sausage. The only question left is “which one is the best – pork, turkey or chicken sausage?” Best is a relative description because it can consist of any combination of determining factors. Flavor is a personal preference, so we can’t really tell you which one taste the best, but we can tell you the health benefits of each type of sausage so you can make a decision for yourself.
First, let’s start with the good old fashioned pork sausage. Pork sausage may get a bad rap in our society of all natural, healthy and green eaters, but it’s not all bad. Typically pork sausage is higher in fat (around twice as much) than turkey and chicken sausage, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat it. Also, keep in mind that all sausage is going to have fat in it – it’s just the nature of the beast. There is a very good reason that people continue to eat pork along with the other white meats – it’s still good for you, but you may not always notice its health benefits when looking at packaging.
Pork sausage, like turkey sausage, is full of vitamins and minerals. But there is one mineral that only pork sausage contains – fluoride. When consumed in the appropriate amount, fluoride maintains the strength of your teeth and enamel (this is why fluoride is added to some public water sources). It can also help prevent cavities and osteoporosis. Pork sausage also has significantly less sodium than turkey and chicken sausage.
There’s no denying it – turkey sausage is going to be lower in fat content than pork sausage. But that’s not the only perk to choosing turkey. Turkey sausage contains a large number of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, E, B-6 and B-12. It also contains folate, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin. Turkey sausage contains more protein per serving size than pork sausage does. But, on the other hand, turkey sausage is high in cholesterol and sodium.
As you could probably guess, when it comes to those who are choosing the best sausage for a low fat and low calorie diet, chicken is the winner. Chicken is the leanest meat between the three, and therefore is eaten by those who are either trying to lose weight or just eat healthier in general. Chicken sausage, like turkey sausage, has a significantly lower number of calories and grams of fat.
There are many varieties of prepackaged chicken sausage which can be used to replace breakfast sausage, sausage on a sandwich, or mixed with some veggies, but we prefer making our own.
When choosing any type of sausage, make sure to read the packaging. Sausage that does not contain preservatives and states that it is “all natural” may be a few dollars extra, but they are also likely to have more of a health benefit compared to those that do not have these markings.
Turkey and chicken sausage choices are going to be better choices for those who are trying to lose weight because of their lower fat content. Pork sausage is better for those who need to stick to a low sodium diet. As always, personal taste preference will also be taken into account because there are pros and cons to eat type of meat. And remember, these breakfast meats aren’t meant to be eaten on a daily basis, as much as they should be a once a week, or few times a month, treat.
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