White or dark meat? But besides color, what is the difference between white and dark meat? Janeal Yancey, meat scientist, and Dr. Casey Owens-Hanning , poultry scientist, to learn about the different cuts of chicken and explore the best uses for each type. White meat cuts are the breast, breast tenders and wings. Dark meat cuts are the drumstick and thighs.
Is dark meat bad for you? Which one has more calories? Dark meats simply have more myoglobin proteins , the magic stuff that ships oxygen to the muscle cells. Muscles used more frequently, get to be dark. Chickens and Turkeys generally have dark colored drumsticks and thighs because of walking around a lot. This is poultry tissue that is used for quick bursts of activity such as chickens have short bursts of flight.
The Exploratorium is more than a museum. Explore our online resources for learning at home. There are basically two types of meat: dark and white. Red, or dark meat is made up of muscles with fibers that are called slow-twitch. These muscles are used for extended periods of activity, such as standing or walking, and need a consistent energy source.