We are all aware that health professionals and nutritionists the world have vouched for protein as being the cornerstone of a healthy and balanced diet. Out of the various sources of protein available, chicken is one of the best sources of what nutritionists call high-quality protein. Our bodies use this protein to create new cells, repair existing ones, aid in healthy digestion and produce enzymes that are necessary to improve metabolism.
There are also a number of amazing health benefits to gain by including chicken in your diet. According to dietary guidelines, five to seven ounces of protein needs to be consumed on a daily basis. A mere 3.5 ounce serving of chicken has half the daily recommendation of protein. Chicken is favoured as a high-quality protein source because it is rich in all the essential amino acids and also has a great nutrient per calorie ratio. Eating chicken is also one of the best ways to keep cholesterol levels in control naturally.
In a 3.5 ounce serving of dark meat, there are only 9 grams of fat. Though the fat meat in chicken has a slightly less fat content that white meat, it’s still lower than most cuts of red meat. Plus, it’s a great and flavorful source of iron and other essential nutrients. In a serving of skinless chicken breast, there is only four grams of total fat which is only six percent of the daily recommended intake.
A four ounce serving of chicken is less than 200 calories and provides an astounding 36 muscle building grams of protein. Additionally, all of the latest dietary trends incorporate chicken, including Weight Watchers, MyPlate, DASH, Paleo and the Dukan Diet that Kate Middleton followed leading up to the Royal Wedding.
There is no denying that chicken is an excellent dietary choice. Listed below are some of the top reasons why eating chicken can help you lead a healthier life.
Bairaha Chicken has no artificial or added hormones, thereby ensuring that all chicken products are wholesome and healthy.
It’s rich in nutrients
As mentioned above, chicken is an excellent source of a number of nutrients like iron, zinc, and Vitamins B3, B6, B7 and B12. Chicken also boosts metabolism and the immune system while lowering cholesterol and aiding in the normal function of the brain and the nervous system.
It helps in weight loss
Including chicken in your diet can help you on your path to weight loss because chicken is chock full of high-quality protein that helps to control your appetite and cravings by making you feel fuller for longer. Our protein requirements are determined by lean body mass and not calories so while calorie intake isdecreased in a weight loss plan, your protein intake should stay the same or should even increase if you want to preserve muscle.
Not only is chicken one of the best protein options for your body, but it’s also the best option for your wallet as chicken is one of the more affordable sources of meat.
It helps in beating seasonal blues
Chicken is rich in an amino acid called tryptophan. If you’re feeling down because of the weather, eat chicken as it will increase the serotonin levels in your brain, which will improve your mood and curb stress and the general feeling of weather blues.
It’s a versatile choice
Chicken is like the little black dress of protein; it’s forever in style, uncomplicated and goes well with everything. Whether it’s for simple dinners or healthy salads, grilled or baked, eaten alongside vegetables or made into flavorful gravies, chicken will always be the star of any dish. The multitude of chicken recipes in Sri Lanka is a testament to its versatility. Chicken, for many, is the go-to food for taste, nutrition and easy preparation. It’s a source of meat that is loved all over the globe, is multicultural and tastes absolutely delicious in a myriad of cuisines like Italian, American, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Asian, not to mention in Sri Lankan food recipes too.