With September comes the changing of leaves, the cooling of temperatures, and the onslaught of pumpkin-flavored foods, but this September we are putting the spotlight on chicken to celebrate National Chicken Month.
Chicken has a slew of health benefits, making it a staple in the diets of many. With regards to nutritional value, it is considered a lean protein by being high in protein and low in fat. In comparison to trimmed cooked beef, chicken breasts are 33 to 80 percent leaner, depending on the beef’s cut and fat content, and they have less than half the fat content of a trimmed T-bone steak. . In the average chicken breast measuring 3.5 ounces, there are 27 grams of pure protein and only 9 grams of fat, which aids in muscle growth, curbing hunger, and weight maintenance or loss. Because it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol — especially in comparison to levels found in red meats and pork — the American Heart Association endorses chicken as a means of lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing your risk of developing heart disease.
Additionally, chicken is packed with vitamins and minerals necessary to keep your body running at optimal performance including iron, zinc, and vitamins B3, B6, B7 and B12. There are so many vitamins and minerals in chicken that you may crave chicken noodle soup when you are feeling under the weather, because being sick depletes specific vitamins and minerals and indicates a weakened immune system. Chicken also contains high levels of selenium and vitamin B6, both of which help regulate your thyroid and metabolism, in addition to high levels of phosphorous, which aids in bone density.
Because of these health benefits, you might find yourself eating chicken all the time. Thankfully, chicken is incredibly versatile so you won’t get caught having to eat the same flavors every night. Chicken can be seared, grilled, poached, sautéed, fried, roasted, or cooked any number of ways, and it acts like a sponge by being able to absorb the flavors that surround it. Thus, it can easily be incorporated into a wide variety of cuisines, diets, and everyday life.
Try chicken in your next meal, and explore our recipes to see the many ways you can use it.