Turkey pepperoni is, as the name implies, pepperoni, a spiced, dried sausage, made from turkey, rather than the usual pork. Used appropriately, turkey pepperoni can be a good choice for your healthy, low-fat lifestyle.
Types and Serving Sizes
The turkey pepperoni listing at the USDA National Nutrient Database references sliced turkey pepperoni. Serving sizes vary by manufacturer. For example, one brand lists 14 slices as a serving, another lists 16 slices, and another lists one stick. Read labels and plan your intake.
Like serving sizes, nutrition facts vary by product. However, a nationally-available store brand of turkey pepperoni contains 73 calories, 4.46 grams of fat, 1.10 grams of saturated fat, and 9.30 grams of protein per 30 gram serving, or approximately 15 slices, according to the USDA.
Turkey pepperoni has fewer calories and less fat than pork-based sausage. The pork version of a nationally-available store brand has twice the calories, 8.5 more grams of fat, and 3.5 more grams of saturated fat than the turkey version, according to the USDA.
One drawback of turkey pepperoni is its sodium content. The aforementioned store brand contains a whopping 25 percent of the daily value for sodium. Sodium can predispose you to heart attacks and stroke, according to the American Heart Association, so limit turkey pepperoni to a once-in-a-while treat. The AHA recommends eating less than 1500 milligrams of sodium daily.