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Most people assume that chicken is healthy, but the nutritional content of chicken depends on how the poultry is prepared and which part of the bird you eat.

Does the nutritional content change when you eat different part of the bird? Yes, it does. Chicken breast is usually the healthiest choice. Here's how the nutritional content of various chicken parts compare according to USDA data.

Chicken Nutritional Facts
  • One medium, baked chicken thigh without skin provides 90 calories, 13 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 2 grams of monounsaturated fat, 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 233 milligrams of sodium.

  • One medium, baked chicken thigh with skin provides 140 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of monounsaturated fat, 2 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 275 milligrams of sodium.

  • One medium, baked chicken drumstick without skin provides 66 calories, 11 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 206 milligrams of sodium.

  • One medium, baked chicken drumstick with skin provides 97 calories, 12 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 2 grams of monounsaturated fat, 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 241 milligrams of sodium.

  • One medium, baked chicken wing without skin provides 42 calories, 6 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 0 grams of polyunsaturated fat, and 87 milligrams of sodium.

  • One medium, baked chicken wing with skin provides 86 calories, 8 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of monounsaturated fat, 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 143 milligrams of sodium.
      Keep in mind that chicken wings are often prepared buffalo-style or with other flavorings that can add calories, fat and sodium.

Health Benefits of Eating Chicken

Chicken can be an excellent source of low-fat protein. Chicken is also a very good source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and niacin. Depending on the cooking method you choose - chicken can also be low in sodium.

If you use a smart preparation method without added fat or salty seasoning, eating chicken will benefit your healthy eating program. Since chicken is so versatile, there are countless ways to prepare it to add to salads, sandwiches and soups; and can make your meals more nutritious.


Healthy Ways to Prepare Chicken

The way you prepare chicken can add hundreds of calories to your meal. So if you are trying to reach or maintain a healthy weight, it's worth it to find a healthy way to cook chicken.

Roasting, broiling or boiling the breast are generally the healthiest preparation methods. Frying or sautéing the meat in butter or oil will add substantial fat and calories. Breading or coating the chicken in flour and other ingredients will also boost the carbohydrate count.

Lastly, consider what condiments you add to your chicken when you plan your healthy meals. Adding popular chicken condiments like barbecue sauce, olive oil or dipping sauces, while delicious, will boost your calorie and fat intake.



Reference:Very Well Fit


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