Butterball turkeys are injected with “up to 7 percent of a solution of water, salt, starch, sodium phosphate, and flavors”, in addition to any growth hormones ConAgra (the company that produces Butterball turkeys) may use. This solution serves a couple purposes. It makes the meat plumper, helps keep the bird moist as it bakes, and adds additional flavour to the meat.
On a side note, I just want to say Butterball turkeys tend to be factory-farmed, with a PETA investigation revealing some rather disturbing housing and slaughter practices.
Butterball turkeys have been selectively bred to have extra large breasts and to mature quickly. Factory raised birds, like Butterballs, are also often injected with a water solution. This makes for very juicy and tender birds. Butterball also adds salt to their birds, but recently agreed to use less salt.
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