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The British Columbia Turkey Marketing Board and the B.C. Turkey Association represent British Columbia's registered turkey farmers. The BCTMB and the BCTA work closely with all industry partners to promote safe, quality and nutritious turkey products in our province.




Try something new tonight!

There is so much more to a great meal with turkey than just the traditional turkey dinner. Check out some of the amazing recipes, and see for yourself how delicious, healthy, and unexpected a meal with turkey can be!


Quick Turkey Biryani


Grilled Curry Turkey Thighs


Turkey, Broccoli & Almond Salad


Taco Turkey-Lentil Lettuce Wraps


Curried Mango, Turkey and Walnut Salad


Tandoori Turkey with Lime Mint Raita


Butter Turkey


Turkey Tikka Masala


Turkey Jalfrezi


Turkey and Mozzarella Stuffed Veggies


Squash Turkey Zucchini Soup


Turkey Tortilla Cones

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What Turkeys Eat


In Canada, turkeys are NOT given hormones or steroids.

These have been prohibited for over 30 years. It is scientific advancements such as selective breeding, better feed formulation and on-farm management practices that are responsible for the larger, healthier turkeys raised today.


Turkeys are fed nutritionally balanced diets of mixed grains and oilseeds, which typically include corn, soya, wheat, barley and canola, for healthy growth and development. There may also be a small percentage (6 to 8 percent) of animal protein, such as meat and bone meal, in some turkey feeds, which helps to ensure that there is enough protein, calories, minerals and fat to meet a naturally omnivorous turkey’s nutritional requirements.

Feed is often adjusted to match the growth stages of the birds. Young turkeys (poults) are fed a “starter” mixture. As they grow, the feed is changed to meet nutritional requirements. Each type of feed includes the proper balance of protein, energy, fibre, fat and other elements such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamins.


Turkeys have free access to feed 24 hours a day, which means they can help themselves to food or water at any time.


10 Terrific Health Benefits For Turkeys


Here Are 10 Terrific Reasons to Love Turkey!


Turkey is a nutritional powerhouse!

That’s why we call turkey the ‘power protein’. Not only is turkey an excellent source of high quality protein, but also it’s lean and nutrient-rich (meaning it has a whole lot of nutrients per calorie).



Turkey is packed with high quality PROTEIN

Every bite of turkey is an excellent source of high quality protein, a nutrient that is key for overall good health; it plays an important role in building, maintaining and repairing your body every day. Protein is also used as fuel, or energy, especially when you don’t get enough calories from carbohydrates or fat. Aside from basic body functions, protein has some important health benefits, such as:

  • Protein is a muscle booster. Protein helps build and maintain lean muscle mass to keep you strong.
  • Protein can help crush cravings. Eating protein at meals can help you to feel satisfied and that can help you control your appetite and manage munchies.
  • Protein helps with weight management. A high protein diet can promote muscle growth, calorie burning and satiety, all are important for achieving a healthy weight.



White meat. Dark meat. Either way, turkey is LEAN.

Love dark turkey meat but go for white meat thinking it’s a healthier choice? Here’s some good news! All turkey is a healthy choice, but you’ll be happy to know that dark turkey meat is lean, with just 8 grams of fat per a 100-gram serving. And, dark meat is especially rich in iron, selenium and zinc. Dark meat lovers rejoice! As for those who love the white meat, it’s considered a low fat choice. Each 100-gram serving of white turkey meat is extra lean with just 3 grams of fat.




Turkey gives you a boost with energizing IRON.

Iron is a mineral that keeps your body’s cells working properly, helps boost resistance to infection and helps your body to use energy. Iron delivers oxygen through your body to your muscles and your brain so you feel energized. Although Popeye might be known for eating spinach to get his muscle-energizing iron, he should be pairing it with turkey! That’s because turkey contains a type of iron – heme iron – that is easily absorbed by your body. All cuts of turkey contain iron, but the dark meat is a bit higher in iron than white meat.



Turkey builds up your body with immune – strengthening ZINC.

Think of the mineral zinc like your inner boxer; it’s a key nutrient that helps your body fight off infections and heal wounds. All cuts of turkey will provide you with some bodyboosting zinc, but ground turkey and dark turkey meat have the most; they are considered “excellent sources” of zinc*. 

*per 100 gram serving.




Turkey is naturally low in SODIUM

aSodium is a mineral that you’ve likely heard you need to reduce. While it’s true, many of us get too much of it, we do need sodium to stay healthy. Sodium helps regulate blood pressure and muscle and nerve activity. Although we need some sodium in our diet, too much can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.




Turkey is bursting with VITAMIN B12

Vitamin B12 is found naturally only in animal products, such as turkey, and is essential for vital functions in your body. Vitamin B12:

  • Keeps your nervous system – the body’s electrical wiring – working well.
  • Is needed for the development of your DNA and healthy red blood cells.



Turkey is Chockfull of NIACIN

Niacin is a B vitamin, also known as vitamin B3. Like the other B vitamins, niacin is water- soluble, so it’s not stored in your body; you need to eat foods containing niacin every day. Here’s why that’s important:

  • Niacin helps convert the food you eat into usable energy for your body.
  • Niacin also helps maintain a healthy nervous system and plays a role in making DNA
  • Niacin helps enzymes (natural chemicals in your body) to function properly.



Turkey delivers bone – building Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. That’s because your body can make vitamin D through exposure to sunlight on your skin. Vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods – turkey being one of those foods.One of the main roles of vitamin D is to partner with calcium to build and maintain strong and healthy bones and teeth. In fact, vitamin D recommendations increase for older adults (71years+) in order to help reduce risk for osteoporosis. 

Vitamin D can also help you fight off infections as it plays an important role in keeping your immune system healthy.



Turkey provides you with heart health POTASSIUM

When you think of potassium, what food comes to mind? If you said bananas, you’re probably not alone. Bananas are known for being high in potassium. But, bananas aren’t the only food that packs a good potassium punch. A serving of light turkey meat has the same amount of potassium as a small banana! *Potassium is an essential mineral that helps regulate fluid balance, heart function, blood pressure, and nerve and muscle activity.

* 100 gram serving of light turkey meat has 364mg potassium; 1 small banana has 362 (Canadian Nutrient File, v2015).



Turkey is filled with PHOSPHORUS

Phosphorus is an essential mineral that works in many ways in your body:

  • Phosphorus works with the B vitamins in helping your body to convert food into energy.
  • Phosphorus helps your body to make the protein it needs for growth and maintenance of all your body’s cells.
  • Phosphorus is one of calcium’s partners in building strong, healthy bones and teeth.

You get phosphorus in high amounts in protein-containing foods, such as turkey. In fact, turkey is a good or excellent source of phosphorus.*

* per 100 gram serving



Turkey supplies you SELENIUM for health skin

Selenium is a mineral that loves your skin! Selenium works as an antioxidant that helps protect all your cells from damage and as such, plays a role in healthy skin.Selenium is also needed to keep your immune system and your thyroid working at their best.