Chicken is one of the most popular meat available these days in the grocery store and on the menu. Just about everywhere you go, you’ll find some dish that features chicken as the main component. Most of the time you’ll hear that chicken is much healthier for you than all other types of meat, but is that true? Well, let’s take a look at just why chicken is considered so healthy.
All meat, no matter what kind, has its upsides and downsides, chicken included. Regardless of nutrients, meat consumed as the one and only staple of your diet will lead to an increase in your body’s fat levels, as well as an increase in your risk of heart disease and diabetes. However, despite what you may believe, we don’t typically have diets that hinge entirely on meat. Rather, the common diets we assume are bad because of meat are actually bad because of reliance on grain.
Still, chicken does actually have a few advantages over beef in that it is significantly leaner on average and thus does not contain as many calories or calories of fat. With chicken being lighter, it also means that a little bit can go a long way, so a single cut of chicken can be stretched further in meals as opposed to a single cut of beef.
On the flip side, chicken runs a greater risk of salmonella when undercooked while beef, despite containing e coli, actually can be served in a more raw form. It’s a small advantage to mention, but that doesn’t include the truth behind beef’s superiority when it comes to pure vitamins and minerals. If you’re just looking at calories, pound for pound chicken is a better option, but if you want to pack your meal with things like iron and zinc, you’ve got to look at beef. The same goes for most vitamins, such as B12 and K, though chicken has more vitamin A.
It all rally comes down to the amount of calories you’re taking in. Moderation eliminates most food problems, and chicken is simpler than most to moderate well. Plus, it’s consistently cheaper when bought at stores.
In the end, it must come down to personal preference. Is it really healthier than beef? Well, yes and no. Is it delicious and nutritious just the same? Absolutely! Just remember though that you get the most nutrition from chicken when it isn’t breaded though! So eat with confidence and enjoy your chicken!
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