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The Science Behind Dark and Light Meat

White meat vs dark meat is a long-running battle for the Thanksgiving ages, with no clear winner likely to be determined soon . (Just kidding. White meat is better. Obviously.) But have you ever actually wondered why different delicious turkey parts have different colors?

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DNews does an excellent job of explaining in this video. In short, muscles which are used constantly have more slow-twitch muscle fiber, which is darker than the fast-twitch muscle fibre that's used infrequently. So, the leg muscles that they trot around on all day are dark, and that succulent breast meat is lighter in color. [DNews]

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Phantomlimb

Dark meat goes to Dog, kids and goofy relatives, and White meat goes to me.