Chicken is an important part of culinary traditions in many countries, and for good reason. Versatile and affordable, chicken offers a host of health benefits and almost endless gastronomical possibilities.
In a nutshell, Chicken is tasty, but also nutritious, and a great addition to your diet.
A Great Source of Protein
Chicken is a good source of protein, with the added advantage of having relatively little fat, at least in comparison to other sources of protein.
Of all the parts of the chicken, the breast is the cut with the greater amount of protein, with approximately 31 grams of protein per 100 grams. Therefore, the breast is favored by people who want to lose weight while maintaining muscle mass. After that, the cut with more protein is the chicken thigh, with 26 grams of protein per 100 grams.
Rich in Selenium
This trace element is nutritionally essential for humans. Selenium is a constituent of more than 24 selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis and protection from oxidative damage and infection. Three ounces of Chicken provide 22 micrograms of Selenium, which is 40 percent of the daily value recommended by the FDA.
Also known as niacine, this vitamin is important because it helps convert carbohydrates into energy and maintain the health of the body cells, a process essential to life. Vitamin B3 also has a positive impact on heart health, since it lowers cholesterol levels. 3 ounces of chicken breast provide 11.4 micrograms of Niacin, which equals to 71 percent of the daily intake recommended for men or 81 per cent for women
This nutrient, also known as pantothenic acid, is one of the most important. It helps our body create blood cells, synthetize fatty acids and convert food into energy. Chicken is a good source of vitamin B5: 3 ounces of breast chicken provide 1.3 micrograms, equal to 26 percent of the daily value.
Vitamin B6, or Pyridoxine, takes part in many important processes throughout your body. It helps in the metabolic process of proteins and carbohydrates, assists in the production of insulin, white and red blood cells, neurotransmitters, DNA and RNA. 3 ounces of chicken breast contain 0.5 micrograms of Pyrioxidine, or the 29 percent of the value you should consume every day.
At El Pollo Norteño we appreciate chicken for its flavor and all its amazing health benefits. We marinade our chicken in our secret northern Mexican recipe, and then we grill it to perfection over real Mesquite charcoal with spectacular results.
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