May 01, 2020
Any non-vegetarian will attest to the fact that they depend on chicken largely for their meals. Chicken is the most popular type of poultry in the world and it’s no wonder, given its superb taste, versatility, and nutritional value. On our little island too, there’s rarely a meal that is complete without a Sri Lankan chicken dish and there is a multitude of Sri Lankan chicken recipes that show our liking to this type of meat.
You may wonder if eating chicken is really healthy and the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’. In fact, the popularity of chicken is largely due to its many health benefits, as much as its great taste. Chicken is very lean meat, chock full of nutrients, and eating it on a regular basis will
help you stay healthy too.
Remember, chicken can be unhealthy when bred in cramped and unhygienic farms, as a recent study has shown. Nevertheless, chicken remains a very healthy poultry option. Here are some health benefits of including chicken on your diet:
1- High protein supply
Chicken has a very high protein content and, as you know, protein plays a very important role in sustaining our muscles. That’s why it’s a must for those who want to build strength to include chicken in their diet.
2- Weightloss super food
Have you noticed that all the ideal healthy plates of food have chicken included in it? The reason for chicken always being included in a healthy diet is because chicken is an excellent form of lean meat, which means that it doesn’t contain much fat. That’s why eating chicken regularly can help you lose weight in a healthy way.
3- Aids in keeping bones healthy and strong
Besides protein, chicken is also rich in calcium and phosphorus, both being important minerals to keep your bones healthy and strong. Eating chicken regularly can also help cut back the risks of arthritis.
4- An excellent stress buster
Did you know that Vitamin B5 and tryptophan can help relieve stress? The good news is that chicken has a rich dose of both. Chicken also contains high levels of magnesium, which has
been shown to help relieve PMS symptoms. Including chicken in your meals can help you decrease stress in a healthy way.
5- Helps in boosting your immunity
Did you notice that chicken is almost always recommended as part of recovery and chicken soup is a popular recovery meal? That’s because chicken helps in boosting the immune cells in your body. Consuming chicken in the form of soup is also one of the best ways to recover from a number of infections and colds as the steam from the soup also helps in clearing the nasal passages.
So, next time you enjoy a delicious chicken dish, remember that it’s not only the fantastic taste you enjoy but the host of health benefits chicken brings as well. Do keep in mind that eating hybrid chicken or deep-fried variants cannot bring you the same health benefits.
So, make sure to opt for healthier chicken recipes and dishes for you to be healthy and your taste buds to be happy.