Chicken is seen as a luxury food by many and a sin by most vegetarians. But do you know chicken has several health benefits beyond its yummy taste. So we at AAW decided to list some health benefits of having chicken. Also how it should be stored and consumed:
Helps build those muscles
Chicken is the best available source of protein. A 100g serving contains 25g of protein making it great for growing children and those who work out in the gym. Also, the zinc present in chicken helps in regulating your appetite.
Keeps bones healthy
Chicken contains nutrients like phosphorus along with a little bit of calcium that helps keep the bones perfect. It also contains selenium which has been known to cut risk of arthritis.
Chicken has two key nutrients that reduce stress – tryptophan and Vitamin B5. Both of them have a calming effect on the body and this makes chicken perfect after a stressful day. Also, it great taste adds to its stress releasing properties.
Very important for women to have some chicken! Studies show that the Magnesium in chicken soothe PMS symptoms and fights the mood changes we might experience during periods.
How to cook chicken in a healthy style:
Different parts of chicken have different levels of fat and cholesterol. The breast meat is the leanest and healthy with 28g containing just 1g of fat. The chicken’s legs also have very less fat 2g of fat per every 28g.
Before cooking chicken, make sure you cut of all the visible fat as it isn’t good for your heart. Fat deposits on chicken are white in color. To make it healthier, you should first marinate it with spices like turmeric, coriander along with curd so that the chicken absorbs all its nutrients and becomes tastier. Try cooking it in a pressure cooker so that the chicken is soft and tender to eat. Baking or grilling it in a microwave is also healthy.