Products from Turkey

 

Eggs

 

Egg is a rich source of high quality animal protein and is often used as a standard for measuring the quality of other food protein. It is an important source of unsaturated fatty acids, minerals especially iron and phosphorus and almost all the vitamins with the exception of Vitamin C, thus forming well balance source of nutrients. Its high nutrient content, low calorie value and easy digestibility make it a valuable protective food in human diet.
Designer eggs

The contents of the chicken egg can be changed in such ways as to be more healthful and appealing to a segment of our consumers who are willing to pay for those changes in the egg. "Designer eggs" are those in which the content has been modified from the standard egg. Two vitamins, A and E, are receiving the most interest as components of designer eggs. Eggs higher in Vitamin E are currently available in stores. A large egg contains approximately 200 - 220 mg of cholesterol. However, in designer eggs, through pharmacological interventions and preferential diet, eggs cholesterol level is significantly reduced.

Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd. in Coimbatore has launched two more variants of designer eggs (diet eggs), namely Suguna Heart (high in omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin E), and Suguna Active (rich in DHA, Vitamin E and organic selenium). Both these brands are healthy to heart. The yolk cholesterol level in these eggs is 24% less than ordinary eggs and are priced Rs. 4.10 and Rs. 3. 90 respectively.
Meat

 

Turkey meat has nutritional and sensorial properties which make it almost ideal raw material for rational and curative nutrition. People prefer turkey meat because of its leanest nature. The protein, fat, energy values of turkey meat are 24%, 6.6%, 162 Calories per 100 gm of meat. Mineral like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc and sodium are present. It is also rich in essential amino acids and vitamins like niacin, vitamin B6 and B12. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and essential fatty acids and low in cholesterol.

Feathers Feathers are now being sorted, processed and made into many useful products. The processed fibers from chicken feathers have been used in plastics, in paper pulp and textiles. They can also be used to make a polymer film that is made into thin sheets of plastic similar to cellophane. This polymer may first show up in biodegradable candy wrappers and plastic holders for six packs of beverages. It may also be used in plastics for dog food bowls and automobile dashboards.  And a process has even been developed to make the quill protein 90% digestible - possibly for use in dietary supplements.
References Kerala Agricultural University. 2001. Package of Practices- Recommendations: Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur. .