Duck meat vs Turkey meat - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison
Turkey meat is richer in proteins and contains less fat and specifically saturated fats. Turkey meat is richer in B vitamins, zinc, and phosphorous. Ducks are richer in copper and iron vitamins B1 and B5.
Turkey meat is healthier meat compared to duck meat. It is rich in proteins, has neutral associations with cardiovascular diseases, and is a good source of tryptophan that has positive mental health impacts. Duck meat contains higher fat content, which is associated with cardiovascular diseases.
Processed forms of turkey meat and duck meat negatively impact overall health. It is recommended to avoid processed meat in general.
Table of contents
- General differences
- Nutritional content comparison
- Health impacts
- Health impacts of turkey meat
- Negative health impacts of turkey meat
- Health impacts of duck meat
This article will be comparing two types of poultry meats, turkey meat, and duck meat. They are both classified as white meat. However, differences do exist between them. We will compare their nutritional aspects, health impacts, and in the end, some general differences about them.
It is essential to understand which meat is healthier in this case. Thus we need to dig deep into the nutritional and health impacts to conclude.
In this article, we consider turkey meat and duck meat to be roasted with the skin.
Turkey meat and duck meat are both poultry meats. One of the main differences is that duck meat contains more fats and has a fattier taste than turkey meat.
Duck meat has a stronger taste and flavor and has a darker color.
Turkey meat and duck meat cuts are nearly similar to chicken cuts. Breast, drumstick, wing, thigh. In addition, duck foie gras can be found, which is duck liver can is primarily fat.
Nutritional content comparison
In this section, we are considering turkey and duck as a whole. Although some differences exist between each part, we are taking it as whole.
Duck meat contains higher amounts of carbs than turkey meat.
The glycemic index of turkey and duck meats is equal to 0.
They contain a negligible amount of carbs.
Turkey meat is richer in proteins. Turkey meat is one of the highest protein-containing meats.
Duck meat contains higher amounts of fats compared to turkey meat. Duck meat on its own is very high in fats.
Types of fats
Duck meat contains five times more saturated fats compared to turkey meat.
However, the highest fat available in duck meat is monounsaturated fats.
Turkey meat contains higher amounts of cholesterol.
Turkey meat is richer in zinc and phosphorous.
Whereas duck meat is richer in copper and iron.
The diagram below displays their distribution.
Turkey meat is richer in vitamins B2, B3, B6, and B12. on the other hand, duck meat is richer in vitamins B1 and B5.
The diagram below displays their distribution.
White meat consumption, such as turkey meat and duck meat, positively affects overall health. White meat consumption is inversely related to overall mortality rates. (1)
Health impacts of turkey meat
Turkey meat is very rich in proteins and is an excellent addition to muscle-building diets. (2)
Diabetes and cardiovascular health
Consuming turkey meat has a neutral association with the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular health. Consumption of turkey meat is an excellent alternative to red meat. (3)
Turkey meat consumption in its unprocessed form has neutrally associated with cancer development. In addition, there are lower incidence rates of developing cancer compared with the positive association between red meat and cancer development. This indicates that consumption of poultry, in this case, turkey meat, instead of red meat decreases the risk of developing cancer. (3)(4)
Sleep and mood
Eating turkey meat is usually associated with a sleepy feeling mainly due to the high amounts of tryptophan, an amino acid involved in sleep. (5)
Tryptophan is also a serotonin precursor which increases serotonin levels and provides a feeling of well-being. (6)
Negative health impacts of turkey meat
Processed turkey contains preservatives and additives responsible for its negative health impacts.
Processed turkey consumption is positively associated with increased risks of cardiovascular health diseases, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. (7)(8)
Health impacts of duck meat
Duck meat consumption decreases basal metabolism by decreasing thyroid hormone activity. This, in turn, can lead to increased weight gain. (9)
Cardiovascular health, diabetes, and cancer
Overall there is a decrease in risks of CVD, diabetes, and cancer-associated with poultry meat compared to red meat. However, it is essential to mention that duck meat contains a higher amount of saturated fats, which increase the risks of developing these diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases. (10)
Overall, consumption of duck meat in moderation has a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases than red meat. (1)
- Meat Consumption, Diabetes, and Its Complications
Comparison summary table
|Rich in minerals|
|Lower in Saturated Fat|
|Lower in Sodium|
|Lower in Cholesterol|
|Lower in Sugar||Equal|
|Lower in glycemic index||Equal|
|Lower in price||Equal|
|Rich in vitamins||Equal|
All nutrients comparison - raw data values
Which food is preferable for your diet?
|Low Fats diet|
|Low Carbs diet|
|Low Calories diet|
|Low glycemic index diet||Equal|