Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chicken Health Benefits

Carbohydrates, Calories and Fat
Chicken is a carbohydrate-free food. According to NutritionData, skinless chicken breast provides the least amount of calories and fat, about 143 calories, 3g total fat and 1g saturated fat for half of a large boneless, skinless breast, or a 95g serving. Dark meat is higher in fat. About 86g of dark meat without skin provides 165 calories and 8g total fat, 2g of which are saturated. This nutrition information is for chicken that has been stewed without added fat.
Chicken is a rich source of two B vitamins: niacin or vitamin B3 and vitamin B6. A 4-ounce portion meets 40 and 16 percent respectively of the recommended daily value, or DV. The most important function of niacin is in helping to release energy from carbohydrates. It also aids in the formation of red blood cells. The best food source of vitamin B6 is poultry. This nutrient performs the same functions as niacin but is also important for protein metabolism, is necessary for proper immune system function and helps produce certain neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals.
A 4-ounce portion of chicken is also rich in two minerals, phosphorus and selenium, meeting 16 and 30 percent of the DV for each, respectively. Phosphorus is essential for healthy, strong bones and teeth and is a part of all cell membranes in the human body. This mineral also helps activate the B vitamins. Selenium is important for immune system function and aids in regulating the thyroid hormone.

Chicken is an excellent source of protein and low carb food.( Thus why fitness freaks and bodybuilders eat it heavily) Chicken along with fish and kangaroo are some of the only foods with high protein and low carbs. There's also not a lot of calories. Also very easy to cook and make if you have a George Foreman grill. It's something that I eat everyday.

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