For some, eating certain parts of a chicken makes a huge difference when it comes to calorie and cholesterol count. This is a common misconception most people actually believed in. Eating that certain part of the chicken because it’s ‘leaner’ is not true in the eyes of some people since many believed that the entire part of a chicken contains an equal amount of fat as some might say.
- People opt for chicken breast because they believed that it contained a lesser amount of fat compared to other parts. However, this is considered as a myth as some researchers have debunked the truth behind it.
- Your dietitian probably told you that you need to go for the breast when it comes to eating chicken because it’s low in fat and the leanest one. But in reality, you don’t get fat just by consuming an extra 5 to 10 calories from other chicken parts. You need to stop that mentality that lean meat only provides essential nutrients. Fat comes from a big calorie surplus that has been kept for a long time, along with other health complications and an unhealthy lifestyle, not from eating a ‘certain’ part of an animal.
- On the other hand, we have chicken legs, which is the most favorite among many. Chicken legs are made up of two parts; the thigh and the drumstick. The most common one is the drumstick that we always see in fast food and restaurants.
- Both chicken legs and chicken breasts contain high amounts of fat. As alarming as it sounds, you can cast your worries away as these fat are actually the good ones. Some might say that saturated fat is unhealthy, but the difference is rather small to consider it as an ‘unhealthy’ type of fat.
People sometimes overlook the micronutrient content of chicken thighs and breast as we tend to see drumsticks as the holy grail of all chicken parts. What we didn’t know is that both of these parts contain an ample amount of micronutrients.
- Chicken thigh
- 30% niacin
- 15% phosphorus
- Vitamin B-6
- 10% riboflavin
- Chicken breast
- 6% zinc
- 6& riboflavin
- 60% niacin
- 25% vitamin B-6
- 20% phosphorus
As you can see, there are certain micronutrients that are lesser or more from each other. However, both of them still provide enough of this for our bodies to use.
- To end the discussion, just eat the entire chicken. Each part of a chicken has its own micronutrient content and flavor. If you are a person that is calorie-conscious, then you can remove the skin before eating the chicken, as most calories came from the chicken’s skin, not from its meat.