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The Science Of Dark vs. White Meat

Thanksgiving day, if you eat turkey, you have the choice of eating white meat or dark meat. What’s the difference? In this episode, Trace breaks down what meat is.

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Why do turkeys have dark and white meat?

“Turkeys can fly short distances — typically from ground to perch — but they are not known for their sustained flighing abilities.”

What’s the Difference Between Dark and White Turkey Meat?

“Schools are closed on Thanksgiving, but the learning doesn’t have to stop.”

Comparative Muscle Chart

“Muscles that are used for extended periods of activity, such as standing or walking, are made up of muscles with fibers that are called slow-twitch.”

What Gives Meat Its Color

“Red, or dark meat is made up of muscles with fibers that are called slow-twitch.”

What Is Meat?

“Meat is mostly the muscle tissue of an animal.”

The Unbearable Whiteness of White Meat

“On Thanksgiving, a family member will carve up the turkey and ask us all, ‘White meat or dark?'”

Food Science: The Difference Between White Meat and Dark Meat

“It seems like there’s a new theory, trick, or technique every year for making sure the white and dark meat on a turkey cook evenly.”

Dark Meat Can Be Heart Healthy, Study Shows

“Fear not the dark side. Dark meat in poultry is healthier than you might think, according to a new study by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine.”

Turkey Teaser Explained

“A common question flowing across holiday tables trimmed with turkey this week may be ‘white meat or dark?'”


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