Why did the chicken cross your throat?
By: Ashley Vangel
That’s right, we’re on a roll in the protein category. Today we’ll be chatting about one of America’s favorite meats… chicken! When you think of a healthy protein to add to your meal, you generally think of chicken, right? Or maybe the other poultry… Anyways, let’s chat about why chicken is a healthy choice.
First of all, what makes it a healthy choice has everything to do with how the chicken is prepared and how it is cooked. Aim for both leaner cuts of meat and leaner cooking methods. A boneless and skinless cut of chicken is going to be the leanest cut. The skin, as well as the meat surrounding the bone are some of the fattiest parts of the chicken. Try boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh. For cooking methods, try choosing grilled, broiled, and baked methods to keep the fat content at its lowest. Eating lower-fat alternatives will not only help you maintain a healthy weight, but it will also help to lower your risk of developing heart disease by reducing your LDL or “bad” cholesterol numbers.
The top nutrient that we all know and love chicken for is its protein. One 3-ounce serving of boneless and skinless chicken breast has about 27 grams of protein. Protein is super important to include in each meal. It not only makes the meal more filling and satisfying, it is also is very important to your health. Protein not just needed to build muscles, but your can find proteins in every cell of your body carrying out various and crucial jobs.
Not only is chicken low in fat and high in protein, it also contains many vitamins and minerals that are so important for our body’s daily activities. Some of these nutrients include selenium, vitamin B6, and vitamin B3. Just a few of their responsibilities include fighting off cancer-promoting free radicals, aiding with human metabolism, and converting the carbohydrates that we eat to the energy that our bodies use.
As an American, chicken is probably a staple in your diet. Try varying up the way your use it. As the warm weather approaches, take some chicken out to your grill. Make a shish kabob with pieces of chicken and chopped vegetables, like peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Maybe you want to keep it more traditional and have some chicken with a side of rice and broccoli. However you choose to eat it, just know you’re making a very healthy choice.
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Ashley is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian in the state of Texas. She graduated from Framingham State University, majoring in nutrition and dietetics and she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. (more)