Chicken Portions Basics: Chicken Breasts

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When it comes to chicken portions, chicken breasts remain to be one of the favourites among many shoppers everywhere. This is mainly because chicken breasts are known to be the most nutritious and best-tasting parts of a chicken. Aside from being one of the best sources of protein, there are many other benefits that comes with cooking and eating chicken breasts.

In general, chicken meat has lower fat content than any other types of common commercial meat. However, take note that the way you cook it will affect this factor. For instance, deep frying chicken breasts (or any other chicken portions for that matter) will definitely increase the fat content of the chicken meat. Still, chicken breasts will still have lower fat content than any other chicken portion even if it is cooked this way. This makes it the ideal chicken portion for those who are watching their fat intake. It is also said that chicken breasts contain no carbohydrates, making it suitable for people on a no or low carb diet.  But aside from this, there are many other vitamins and nutrients which can be derived from chicken breasts, such as the following:

Vitamin B3. Also known as niacin, this vitamin is essential for converting carbohydrates into energy, and one serving of chicken have been found to provide at least 70% out of the recommended daily dietary allowance needed by the body.

Vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 or panthotenic acid works the same way as vitamin B3, converting fat and carbohydrates into energy that the body needs. Aside from that though, panthothenic acid also helps in promoting healthier skin and nails. Typically, a serving of chicken breast should cover at least 10% of the recommended daily allowance.

Vitamin B6. It has been found that chicken breasts are one of the best sources of vitamin B6, which is vital in the formation of certain chemicals as well as the red blood cells in our bodies. In addition, it helps to convert glycogen into glucose, providing energy readily available for use should the body need it. In general, a typical serving should contain at least 30% of the recommended daily allowance.

Aside from these vitamins, other essential nutrients can be derived from chicken breasts like amino acids, phosphorous, potassium, and selenium to name a few.

For all these reasons, you should definitely consider chicken breasts the next time you’re looking over the chicken portions counter in your local butcher shop.

If you are looking for chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or any other chicken portions and other types of meat from a free range butcher, please feel free to drop by our shop or give us a call at (02) 9826 6122. You can also leave a message in our contact page and we’ll be sure to get back to you soon as we can.

 

 

 

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