What is the difference in fat content between 1 pound of ground turkey, ground beef and ground chicken? Is one better for you than the other? —S.C., Vanderhoof, British Columbia
Ground meat is labeled and sold based on the percentage of fat by weight. If you want to purchase lean meat, check the label and look for less than 10% fat by weight.
When comparing ground beef to ground turkey or chicken, any package labeled with the same fat percentage will have the same number of calories and total fat grams. For instance, a 1-pound package labeled 91/9 will have 91% lean to 9% fat by weight, regardless of whether the content is beef, turkey or chicken.
However, while the total fat content is the same, there are slight variations in the type of fat among the three meats. In the 91/9 scenario, 4 ounces of raw meat will provide about 190 calories and 10 grams of fat. However, of the 10 grams of fat, the ground beef will have 4 grams of saturated fat, compared to 3 grams in the ground turkey or chicken.