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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?


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