What will you do this Thanksgiving Day—stay in your white meat comfort zone, stray to the dark side, or go entirely guilt-free? The question of white meat vs. dark meat vs. no meat at all is a holiday dilemma played out on tables all across the nation.
According to the National Turkey Federation, Americans consumed an estimated 46 million turkeys for last year's Thanksgiving holiday. And while white meat is the top request in the United States when passing the plate, other countries prefer dark meat.
The mild taste of breast meat might be thought of as “better” for being lean, but those who eschew it say the real flavor is in the legs and thighs. And in vegetarian households—about 3 percent of the country, according to various online sources—there will be no bird at all, but a big Tofurky platter.
When you tuck into your Thanksgiving meal this week, what will you be asking for?