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where's the love for turkey?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 06, 2012 at 6:43 PM

i was wondering if people love turkey legs, thighs and wings as much as i do... i notice they don't get much love in the paleo world and i don't really know why. also i have tons of wild turkeys running around my yard and would love a free meal every once in a while, does anyone have any experience hunting turkeys, know of any of the regulations associated with turkey hunting, what weapons would you use etc. never hunted before so any info would be very helpful.

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on May 07, 2012
at 04:30 PM

@Don: You Rock! That's an awesome chart! I'm keeping that in my drop box for handy reference!

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

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on May 07, 2012
at 04:12 PM

For fish oil caps, Wolf now says 2g for small people and 4g for big. Omega 3/6 chart (pdf link): http://paleozonenutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/omega-3-and-6-in-fats-oils-nuts-seeds-meat-and-seafood-2.pdf

E3575e92da86cbf4d7803d3aa09f962a

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:06 PM

@Matt - a high-quality turkey breast is surprisingly delicious and much better than chicken breast. Coated in fat and spices and roasted, I find it almost addictive.

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:58 AM

Their recommendation is essentially that you can't out-supplement excessive omega-6 consumption. And that's only a problem when you start eating seed oils.

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:38 AM

When you say "grain-fed" meats are deficient in n3 do you mean, for example, chicken (versus ruminant) or do you mean industrial raised chicken (versus wild chicken)?

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on May 07, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Voted up for wanting to hunt things in your backyard. I wish I could buy a bow/arrow and nab one of the deer that hangs out in the woods near my property.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 07, 2012
at 01:48 AM

The omega-3 content in poultry is low because none of their food has much omega-3 to begin with. They really aren't built to make it either. So any little omega-3 they might have gleaned from a free-range diet is simply missing from a diet primarily of grains. The difference is negligible.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 06, 2012
at 11:54 PM

It's still not corn oil...

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on May 06, 2012
at 11:14 PM

isn't that why they invented omega 3 pills?

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:33 PM

only the breast is bland most of the time and even then you can save it by drizzling the cooked off fat over it and by wrapping it in the skin... the legs/wings/thighs (dark meat) imo, are far from bland... i got nothing but love for the birds

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Interesting, so what macronutrient offsets the missing omega 3?

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:30 PM

i was thinking a crossbow

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:08 PM

Grain-fed meats generally are deficient in omega-3s, not rife with omega-6s. It's not the grain's fault, it's the poor husbandry.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:05 PM

If paleo folks are going to hate on poultry, at least hate on it for the real reason, it's bland meat. The PUFA ratio isn't a big deal.

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on May 06, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I agree. I especially love LEAN turkey meat. Yup. It's cheap, digests great, is high in protein. And turkey gravy--oh, fine nectar of the leftover lunch!

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on May 06, 2012
at 09:48 PM

+1 for "what weapons would you use" and being totally serious :)

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on May 06, 2012
at 09:48 PM

+1 for "what weapons you would use" and being totally serious.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on May 06, 2012
at 08:31 PM

That's my take on it as well. And the paleo police will have to pry the chicken wing out of my cold, dead hands.

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412a2da95f122bfedeb100c4667d593a

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on May 06, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Your Fish and Game department can tell you what the season is for turkey. You will also have to take a hunter safety course before they will issue a hunting license. Be aware that if you hunt the flock that is close to your home they will leave and not come back. I would suggest that you go find another flock to hunt and let those stay unmolested to eat the bugs. As for weapon of choice, that would be up to you and which season you wanted to hunt.

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1ce9661622ba354c61669ffe900a01ab

on May 06, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Those little bastards (sorry, meant Wild Turkeys) roam all over my neck of the woods (I mean All Over, lol). I'm about to coax a bunch of them onto a buddies ranch and take them out Grok style ; ) It's all good on his property (not mine, damn suburbs, lol!). Very tasty suckers IMO.

So yes, they have love from me!

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on May 06, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I love dark meat turkey. Legs have become my go-to meal at county fairs.

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 06, 2012
at 06:55 PM

I think wild poultry or truly free range (i.e., out eating bugs and such) should be fine. Maybe still higher in polyunsaturated fat than a ruminant, but likely good to eat if it was eating how nature intended. Industrial raised poultry is horrible because it passes on a lot of the omega 6 from the grain it's fed.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 07, 2012
at 01:48 AM

The omega-3 content in poultry is low because none of their food has much omega-3 to begin with. They really aren't built to make it either. So any little omega-3 they might have gleaned from a free-range diet is simply missing from a diet primarily of grains. The difference is negligible.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Interesting, so what macronutrient offsets the missing omega 3?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:08 PM

Grain-fed meats generally are deficient in omega-3s, not rife with omega-6s. It's not the grain's fault, it's the poor husbandry.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 07, 2012
at 02:38 AM

When you say "grain-fed" meats are deficient in n3 do you mean, for example, chicken (versus ruminant) or do you mean industrial raised chicken (versus wild chicken)?

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 06, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I enjoy the "chewing action" of turkey legs and thighs. I've never met a chewable bone I didn't like! My guess is that turkey doesn't get much love in the paleo world for the same reason chicken doesn't, poultry doesn't have the favorable o3 to o6 ratio that grass-fed beef and fatty fish has.

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:33 PM

only the breast is bland most of the time and even then you can save it by drizzling the cooked off fat over it and by wrapping it in the skin... the legs/wings/thighs (dark meat) imo, are far from bland... i got nothing but love for the birds

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:05 PM

If paleo folks are going to hate on poultry, at least hate on it for the real reason, it's bland meat. The PUFA ratio isn't a big deal.

3fc07ff31006b1860083f0cfe4472ae4

(561)

on May 06, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I agree. I especially love LEAN turkey meat. Yup. It's cheap, digests great, is high in protein. And turkey gravy--oh, fine nectar of the leftover lunch!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 06, 2012
at 08:31 PM

That's my take on it as well. And the paleo police will have to pry the chicken wing out of my cold, dead hands.

E3575e92da86cbf4d7803d3aa09f962a

(35)

on May 07, 2012
at 03:06 PM

@Matt - a high-quality turkey breast is surprisingly delicious and much better than chicken breast. Coated in fat and spices and roasted, I find it almost addictive.

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on May 07, 2012
at 01:48 AM

I believe that Chris Kresser AND Robb Wolf have now drastically reduced the qty of fish oil they recommend. From what I understand, even though omega 3 are good anti-inflammatory oils, fish oil remains unsaturated and subject to oxidation easily. Can someone more knowledgeable than me please comment on this? Thanks, Mike

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:58 AM

Their recommendation is essentially that you can't out-supplement excessive omega-6 consumption. And that's only a problem when you start eating seed oils.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 07, 2012
at 04:30 PM

@Don: You Rock! That's an awesome chart! I'm keeping that in my drop box for handy reference!

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on May 07, 2012
at 04:12 PM

For fish oil caps, Wolf now says 2g for small people and 4g for big. Omega 3/6 chart (pdf link): http://paleozonenutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/omega-3-and-6-in-fats-oils-nuts-seeds-meat-and-seafood-2.pdf

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on May 06, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Isn't dark turkey meat and skins super high in omega 6?

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(2338)

on May 06, 2012
at 11:14 PM

isn't that why they invented omega 3 pills?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 06, 2012
at 11:54 PM

It's still not corn oil...

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A1a7413b99e03bc77f02d95c4170ea43

on May 06, 2012
at 10:20 PM

I eat ground turkey every morning with my eggs. Four to six eggs, and a quarter-pound of ground turkey. Delicious!

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on May 06, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Turkey necks are fought for in my house! We love turkey and plan on raising our own some day. Mmmmm.

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