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Poultry vs. Meat: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on December 3, 2023
Poultry refers specifically to birds raised for their meat, like chickens, while meat broadly includes flesh from all types of animals, including poultry, beef, pork, and lamb.

Key Differences

Poultry is a category of meat that specifically refers to birds such as chickens, turkeys, and ducks. Meat, on the other hand, encompasses a wider range of animal flesh, including that of mammals like cows, pigs, and sheep.
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Dec 03, 2023
The texture of poultry is generally lighter and leaner compared to other types of meat. Meat from mammals often has a richer flavor and a more varied texture, ranging from tender to tough.
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In culinary terms, poultry is often considered more versatile for quick cooking methods, while meat can require longer cooking times, especially for tougher cuts.
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Nutritionally, poultry is usually lower in fat and calories than red meat, making it a popular choice for those seeking healthier meat options.
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Dec 03, 2023
From a cultural perspective, poultry is widely consumed globally and is often the centerpiece of many traditional dishes, whereas other meats may have more regional preferences and associations.
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Comparison Chart

Source

Birds like chickens, turkeys
All animals including birds, cows, pigs
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Fat Content

Generally lower
Can be higher, varies by animal
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Cooking Time

Often quicker
Varies, can be longer
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Flavor

Milder
Richer and more varied
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Cultural Significance

Globally popular, many traditional dishes
Regional preferences, diverse cultural dishes
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Poultry and Meat Definitions

Poultry

Domesticated birds raised for their meat, eggs, or feathers.
The farm raises poultry, including chickens and ducks.
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Nov 21, 2023

Meat

Animal flesh consumed as food.
The butcher offers a variety of meat, including beef and pork.
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Nov 21, 2023

Poultry

Meat derived from birds such as chickens, turkeys, and ducks.
She prefers poultry over red meat for her diet.
Janet White
Nov 21, 2023

Meat

A staple food source derived from animals.
Many cultures have traditional dishes centered around meat.
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Nov 21, 2023

Poultry

A category of white meat distinct from red meat.
Most dietary guidelines recommend eating poultry as a healthier alternative to red meat.
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Nov 21, 2023

Meat

A broad term encompassing beef, pork, poultry, and more.
The menu offers an extensive selection of meats from different animals.
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Nov 21, 2023

Poultry

Avian livestock used in culinary contexts.
The chef specializes in dishes made with various types of poultry.
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Meat

The edible part of an animal, typically muscle tissue.
He prefers his meat grilled to perfection.
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Nov 21, 2023

Poultry

Birds bred for consumption or agricultural purposes.
Poultry farming is a significant industry in many countries.
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Nov 21, 2023

Meat

The main component of non-vegetarian diets.
Her diet includes a lot of meat for protein.
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Nov 21, 2023

Poultry

Domesticated fowl, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, or geese, raised for meat or eggs.
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Meat

The edible flesh of animals, especially that of mammals as opposed to that of fish or poultry.
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Poultry

Domestic fowl (e.g. chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese) raised for food (either meat or eggs).
A poultry farmer
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Meat

The edible part, as of a piece of fruit or a nut.
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Poultry

The meat from a domestic fowl.
The poultry counter
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Poultry

Domestic fowls reared for the table, or for their eggs or feathers, such as cocks and hens, capons, turkeys, ducks, and geese.
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Poultry

A domesticated gallinaceous bird though to be descended from the red jungle fowl
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Poultry

Flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
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FAQs

What is poultry?

Poultry refers to birds like chickens and turkeys raised for their meat.
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Are there different cooking methods for poultry and meat?

Yes, poultry often requires shorter cooking times, while other meats may need longer, slower cooking.
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Is poultry healthier than other meats?

Generally, poultry is leaner and lower in fat, often considered healthier.
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Can meat be part of a balanced diet?

Yes, when consumed in moderation, meat can be part of a balanced diet.
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Is poultry always white meat?

Mostly, but parts like chicken thighs are considered darker.
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Dec 03, 2023

Can meat be frozen for long-term storage?

Yes, both poultry and meat can be frozen to extend shelf life.
Harlon Moss
Dec 03, 2023

Are there cultural prohibitions against eating certain meats?

Yes, some cultures and religions have restrictions on eating certain types of meat.
Janet White
Dec 03, 2023

Can meat be eaten raw?

Some meats can be eaten raw, but it's often safer to cook them.
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Dec 03, 2023

Are there sustainable ways to produce meat?

Sustainable farming practices exist for both poultry and other meats.
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Is all poultry skinless?

No, but skinless poultry is lower in fat.
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What is the nutritional value of poultry?

Poultry is a good source of lean protein and essential nutrients.
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Dec 03, 2023

What animals are considered meat?

Meat includes flesh from all animals, including mammals, birds, and fish.
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Do vegetarians eat poultry or meat?

No, vegetarians abstain from eating both poultry and meat.
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Dec 03, 2023

Are there ethical concerns regarding meat consumption?

Yes, concerns include animal welfare and environmental impacts.
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What is the environmental impact of meat production?

Meat production, especially beef, can have a significant environmental impact.
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Dec 03, 2023

Is organic poultry different from regular poultry?

Organic poultry is raised without synthetic pesticides or hormones.
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Can people with certain allergies eat poultry or meat?

Most can, but it depends on the specific allergy.
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Dec 03, 2023

Is grass-fed meat different from grain-fed?

Yes, in terms of flavor and potentially nutritional profile.
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Dec 03, 2023

How is meat preserved for longer shelf life?

Methods include freezing, curing, and smoking.
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What are meat substitutes made from?

They're often made from plant-based proteins like soy or peas.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 03, 2023
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