The average American ate about 93 pounds of chicken this year. That's the equivalent weight of my two daughters together.
In another survey, nine out of ten people said they were eating chicken in the last two weeks. And not eat it just once or once a week. Between meals and snacks, interviewees said they had eaten 6.1 times over a two-week period. (Somewhat odd number, yes, but that's the statistic for you.)
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The main reason why they said they wanted to bring more chicken into the diet? Because it is healthy and nutritious. As a dietician, I could not agree more: Oz-by-ounce chicken is one of the leaner animal proteins you can choose.
What nutrients does chicken have?
Although not among the richest omega-3 sources, chickens provide more EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids than some other animal proteins such as beef, lamb, and pork. Just under a cup of chicken bread provides decent amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium and a handful of B vitamins (especially niacin, B6, riboflavin and others).
But how do the different chicken fillets compare ̵
Chicken Breast receives the gold medal for nutrition.