According to Dr. Zamurrud Patel, Consultant Dietician at Global Hospitals Mumbai, "Chicken is a great source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin A and D and minerals like phosphorus and iron. One can eat chicken on a daily basis; however, it is good to use cooking methods like boiling, grilling, roasting or baking rather than frying as it can lead to various health problems. People with kidney problems, chronic heart disease and dyslipidemia should avoid its intake."'(Also read: 10 Simple Ways To Keep Your Chicken Moist And Flavourful)
Chicken is a great source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin A and D and mineralsHere's the nutritional value of chicken as suggested by Dr. Patel,
Per 100 gram edible portion - Chicken breast skinless
- Calories - 168 Kcal
- Protein - 21.8 gm
- Fats - 9 gm
Here are some of the health benefits chicken has to offer-
1. One of the best sources of proteins
Protein is made of amino acids that are building blocks of our muscles. Chicken is known to be one of the best sources of proteins that are also responsible for the building and maintenance of other structures in the body like cells and bones along with the breakdown of toxins.
2. May prove to be anti-depressant
Chicken is an excellent source of an amino acid called tryptophan that gives you a sense of relief and comfort. Eating some of this delight may increase the serotonin levels in your brain, further enhancing your mood. No wonder, chicken makes for a comfort food for many.(Also Read : 6 Foods That May Cause Depression And Related Symptoms! )
3. May have disease fighting compounds
Chicken is an excellent source of selenium, an antioxidant that is thought to have positive effects on degenerative diseases including inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular and neurological problems. It is also known to fight cell-damaging free radicals.
4. Regulates and maintains cholesterol levels
Chicken contains vitamin B3, also known as niacin, which is responsible for converting carbohydrates to energy and maintaining healthy body cells. It has also shown to reduce cholesterol levels and risk of heart diseases in those who have high cholesterol.(Also Read : A Novel Antibody That Can Help in Lowering 'Bad' Cholesterol )
Chicken contains vitamin B3, also known as niacin5. Stimulates your body's metabolic activity
The presence of vitamin B6 or pyridoxine helps in the metabolic process of carbohydrates and proteins. Without this vitamin, your nervous system, metabolism and immune system cannot function properly.
While chicken may be healthy, it is recommended to be cautious in choosing the right piece from the right source. It may cause food poisoning due to the presence of salmonella, bacteria that generally cause food-borne illnesses. Enjoy chicken that is baked, roasted or boiled but definitely not fried as it may only reverse its health benefits.