Advantages of Turkey Over Ground Beef
Turkey meatballs, like other meat products made from ground turkey, have significant advantages over products made from ground beef. For example, the Mayo Clinic, the public relations arm of one of the most highly-regarded hospitals in the world, states that a turkey burger has 200 fewer calories, 7 fewer grams of fat, and 4 fewer grams of saturated fat than the same patty made from ground beef. This makes ground turkey better for your heart.
Calorie King defines 3 ounces of a popular brand of turkey meatballs as one serving. Based on that, one serving has 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, no fiber, 1/2 gram of sugar, 15 grams of protein, 40 mg of cholesterol, and 460 mg of sodium. This adds up to 11 percent of the daily recommendation for fat, 3 percent of the daily requirement for carbohydrates, 13 percent of the recommended limit for cholestrol, and 19 percent of the daily limit for sodium.
There's a lot of nutrition in turkey meatballs. According to Calorie King, some brands of turkey meatballs are a good source of calcium, with 60mg in one 3 oz serving. Like other animal-based foods, turkey meatballs are a good source of protein, which the body requires in order to maintain and rebuild muscle and skin tissue, according to the Medline Plus Medical Encylopedia, a service of the national insitutes of health. Meats are also good sources of iron and other minerals, according to the Doctor's Book of Food Remedies by Selene Yeager.
Making Your Own
As good as turkey meatballs are, they do have some disadvantages. One of those is cost. As of February 2010, a 12 oz package of uncooked turkey meatballs sold for $3.79, or about 31 cents per ounce, or 93 cents per serving. At the same time, a 19.2 oz package of ground beef sold for $2.99, or about 15 cents per ounce or 45 cents per serving. It makes more financial sense to make turkey meatballs then to buy them. Fourtuantly, there are lost of healthy turkey meatball recipes available online. "The Best Light Recipe," a cookbook by the editors of Cooks Illustrated magazine, recommends using ground dark meat turkey, as it has more flavor and does not dry out as easily.
For Further Reading
If you want more information about turkey meatballs, or healthy cooking in general, start here.
Mayo Clinic Website : Grilled Turkey Burger. https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00370
Calorie King: Foster Farms Turkey Meatballs. https://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-turkey-meatballs
Medline Plus Medical Encylopedia: Dietary Proteins. https://vsearch.nlm.nih.gov/vivisimo/cgi-bin/query-meta?v%3Aproject=medlineplus&query=protein&x=0&y=0
The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies. By Selene Yeager. Published 2006. https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Book-Food-Remedies-Infections/
The Best Light Recipe. By the editors of Cooks Illustrated Magazine. Published 2006. https://www.amazon.com/Light-Recipe-Editors-Illustrated-magazine