Chicken Benefits for Health By Grill Heat Aid
Chicken Breast Calories
When it comes to lean protein, chicken is a very popular option as it does not contain a lot of fat. The number of calories may vary on the basis of different parts of the chicken.
- Chicken breast calories: 1 cup (140 g) of chopped or diced chicken breast provides 231 calories
- Chicken thigh calories: 100 g serving of chicken thigh provides 209 calories
- Chicken wings calories: 100 g of chicken wings provide 203 calories.
Health Benefits of Chicken
Being known all around the world for its protein content, chicken has a wide range of health benefits. Let’s discuss them below.
High Protein Content: As per the USDA Food Data Central, chicken breast, with 14.73 grams of protein per 100 grams, is one of the best foods for protein. Protein plays an important role in our diet. It is made of amino acids, which are the building blocks of our muscles. Generally, the recommended amount of daily protein requirement is 1 gram per 1 kg of body weight or 0.4 g of protein per pound of body weight. For athletes, the daily requirement of protein is about 0.6 g to 0.9 g per pound.
Rich in Vitamins & Minerals: It is not only a good source of protein but is also very rich in vitamins and minerals.
For example, B vitamins help the body with energy production and also help form healthy red blood cells.
Vitamin D in chicken helps in calcium absorption and bone strengthening. Vitamin A helps in building eyesight and plays an important role in the immune system. Minerals such as iron are helpful in hemoglobin formation, muscle activity, and preventing anemia. Potassium and sodium are electrolytes, which aid in fluid balance while phosphorus is helpful in tackling weakness, bone health, brain function, dental care, and metabolic issues.
Weight Loss: Diets with high levels of protein have been known to be effective in reducing weight and chicken fits well as part of a high protein diet for weight loss. A study published in the journal Nutrition shows that weight loss and improvements in the total lipid profile can be achieved in people who regularly ate chicken breast. This can be attributed to its high protein content and low total calories.
Regulate Blood Pressure: As per a research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008, chicken consumption has been found to be useful in controlling blood pressure as well. When following a diet high in chicken, nuts, low-fat dairy, vegetables and fruits, improvements were observed in people with hypertension.
Anticancer Properties: Studies have found that in non-vegetarians, higher consumption of red meat, pork, and ham increased the risk of colorectal cancer, while in chicken and fish eaters, the risk of developing this cancer in later life was reduced, although the evidence is not conclusive. Reduction in consumption of red meat is associated with lowering the risk of colon cancer.
Reduced High Cholesterol: The amount of saturated fat and cholesterol found in red meat such as beef, pork, and lamb are much higher than the levels found in chicken, fish, and vegetables. Therefore, the American Heart Association has advised consuming chicken or fish instead of red meat for a lowered risk of cholesterol and subsequent heart disease development. The AHA also says that consuming chicken or fish must be limited to normal levels, as excessive consumption can also lead to the development of heart disease.
VERY EASY TO DIGEST: Let’s see how good some recipes are, but then how much it costs to digest! However, chicken meat is very easy to digest while still being one of the tastiest foods. This is mainly because it doesn’t contain as many purines as other meats. Therefore, it is recommended for people with gastric conditions, convalescents or babies.
LOW FAT CONTENT: Chicken is a lean meat that contains little fat and is concentrated in easily identifiable places. Skin is the tissue where it accumulates the most. On the contrary, the thigh and the breast are the two pieces with the least lipids, the latter with only 60 milligrams of fat per 1 gram of meat. In addition, it contains less saturated fat than red meat and most of these are concentrated, again, in the skin. Therefore, it is advisable to remove it if you want to avoid consumption.
It is therefore a great ally for diets that require a low fat content. If you’re thinking about starting a diet like this, remember that the chicken is great too!
PROTEINS AND AMINO ACIDS IN ABUNDANCE: With 20 grams of protein per 100 grams of meat, the chicken provides a remarkable amount and is perfect for children, helping them in their growth, or if you want to gain muscle. In addition, it contains an average of 40% of essential amino acids (which our body does not synthesize and we must provide with the diet), such as tryptophan, essential to regulate the levels of serotonin in the brain.
RICH IN MINERALS, VITAMINS, AND LOW CHOLESTEROL: Vitamins such as A, B6, B12, niacin, thiamine or riboflavin, or minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium or phosphorus are present in this delicious meat. It is also low in sodium, so it can be consumed by those suffering from hypertension.
IT'S DELICIOUS: In addition to being very healthy thanks to its properties, chicken meat stands out for its flavour, versatility and texture in the culinary universe. There are countless different recipes and preparations: roast, pickled, fried… all delicious and very healthy in essence. If this article has whetted your appetite and you want to taste this tasty meat, from Casa Matachín we recommend our chicken breast in oil, ideal for salads, omelettes or to give a touch to a good pasta dish or the delicious chicken roasted in the oven in its juice and with fine herbs.
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