DID YOU KNOW?
Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world.
By far, the most popular of all white meats is chicken. For starters, it’s inexpensive and quick to prepare. In addition, it can be served in a variety of ways (such as chicken soup or diced up in a salad). But that’s not all. There are many nutritional benefits of eating chicken.
Is there a difference between eating dark or white chicken meat in terms of nutrition? Short answer, no.
1. Rich in Protein – It’s a great source of lean, low fat protein which contributes to muscle growth and development.
2. Good for the Heart – Eating chicken breast suppresses and controls a body’s homocysteine amino acid levels which, if too high, can lead to cardiovascular disease.
3. Plenty of Phosphorus – They’re rich in phosphorus, an essential mineral that supports your teeth and bones, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function.
4. Abundant in Selenium – Provides this essential mineral involved in metabolic performance … in other words thyroid, hormone, metabolism, and immune function.
5. Boosts Metabolism – Vitamin B6 (or B-complex vitamins) in chicken will keep blood vessels healthy, energy levels high, and metabolism burning away calories so you can manage a healthy weight.
6. Rich in Niacin – Another B-vitamin, niacin helps guard against cancer and other forms of genetic (DNA) damage.
7. Natural Anti-depressant – If you’re feeling depressed, eating some poultry will increase the serotonin amino acid levels in your brain, enhancing your mood, blasting stress, and lulling you to sleep.
8. Promotes Eye Health – An excellent source of retinol, alpha and beta-carotene, and lycopene (all derived from vitamin A) and all vital for healthy eyesight.
9. Essential for Healthy Tissue – Riboflavin (or Vitamin B2), found in chicken livers, will drastically reduce your skin problems and repair dry or damaged skin.
10. Prevents Bone Loss – If you’re entering your senior years and you’re concerned about Osteoporosis or arthritis, eating chicken will aid in your fight against bone loss thanks to the protein punch it packs!
M&J Chickens has a range of chicken products which can suit all menu requirements by offering several meal solutions.
Talk to CR about how to include chicken for menu planning in your Aged Care facility: