Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Chicken

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Chicken


Chicken soup, chicken stew, chicken chili, chicken breast on salad…chicken in almost any form is great for your health—unless you’re the chicken of course!

All kidding aside, the health benefits of eating poultry are plenty. When this fowl comes in a lean breast, it’s low in fat and calories and high in protein, which makes it ideal for weight maintenance. Not to mention that this bird is jam-packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins.

Plus, with so many ways to prepare this plucky protein, you’re family won’t tire of chicken as a frequent weekly menu staple. Here are the top ten healthy benefits of eating chicken:

1. High in Protein

If you’re looking for a great source of lean, low fat protein, this bird is the word. The protein in chicken lends itself to muscle growth and development, and help support a healthy body weight and aid weight loss.

2. Natural Anti-depressant

Chicken, like its brother fowl the turkey, is high in an amino acid called tryptophan, which gives you that comforting feeling after consuming a big bowl of mom’s chicken soup. In fact, if you’re feeling depressed, eating some poultry will increase the serotonin levels in your brain, enhance your mood, blasting stress, and lulling you to sleep.

3. 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!

4. Poultry for Heart Health

Homocysteine is an amino acid that can cause cardiovascular disease if levels are high in the body. Fortunately for us, eating chicken breast suppresses and controls homocysteine levels.

5. Plenty of Phosphorus

Chicken is also rich in phosphorus, an essential mineral that supports your teeth and bones, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function.

6. Seeking Selenium?

Chicken also abundant in selenium, an essential mineral involved in metabolic performance—in other words thyroid, hormone, metabolism, and immune function.

7. Metabolism Booster

Vitamin B6 (or B-complex vitamins) encourage enzymes and metabolic cellular reactions (or a process known as Methylation), which means eating this bird will keep blood vessels healthy, energy levels high, and metabolism burning calories so you can manage a healthy weight and activity level.

8. Rich in Niacin

Chicken also happens to be rich in niacin, one particular B-vitamin that guards against cancer and other forms of genetic (DNA) damage.

9. Promotes Eye Health

Chicken is high in retinol, alpha and beta-carotene, and lycopene, all derived from vitamin A, and all vital for healthy eyesight.

10. Essential for Healthy Tissue Growth

Many of us are plagued with chapped lips, cracked mouths, tongue sores, or dry skin in winter. However, a boost in riboflavin (or Vitamin B2), found in chicken livers, will drastically reduce your skin problems and repair dry or damaged skin.

ADVERTISEMENT

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Parsley
    We've all seen parsley added to a dish—it's particularly popular in more upscale restaurants where the appearance of food is taken very seriously.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Reasons Why 2016 is the International Year of Pulses
    So what the heck are pulses? No, I'm not referring to the pitter-pater of your heart beat. While you might not recognize the term, trust me, you're familiar with the food.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 5 Things You Should Know about Quinoa
    It would seem that the super food quinoa lives up to it’s health star status. The super grain is actually pretty amazing, but even though it’s a newer feature in North American...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Health Benefits of Oregano
    Nothing fills the senses (and Nona’s kitchen) with warmth as much as aromatic oregano.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Get Cracking: 8 Health Secrets Contained in Eggs
    As far as compact super foods go, eggs take the whole omelette. One whole egg is filled with a ton of essential vitamins, healthy fats, proteins, and health benefits, like...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Harmoniously High Fiber Foods
    We all know that fiber is an important component of a healthy diet. However, we might not know exactly why?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 9 Impressive Facts About Antioxidants
    We’re bombarded with marketing about antioxidants—we’re told they’re good for us, to eat more foods and sip more teas high in these so called “super powered” molecules.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Go Nuts for What?
    You probably reach for a handful of raw nuts (unsalted, unroasted) when you’re looking for a heart-healthy snack filled with good fats, fiber, protein, and a boost of vitamins.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Health Reasons to Say "YES" to Wild Salmon
    There are many health benefits to incorporating wild salmon into your diet.  Wild salmon dine on other fish (unlike farm-raised salmon, which can be fed fillers or injected with...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Super Ingredients for Healthier Smoothies
    Smoothies can provide a healthy breakfast or snack if they pack super mineral, antioxidant, or vitamin ingredients like these.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 13 Superfoods Kids Love to Eat!
    Proper nutrition is vitally important for the development of children's minds and bodies.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 15 Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors: The Winner May Surprise You!
    As we all celebrate the arrival of spring, there are several things to look forward to. For some, it may be the re-opening of golf courses, for others it may be getting your bike...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Little Known Health Benefits of Eating Fish
    Mom always told us that eating fish had its share health benefits. And we constantly hear the benefits of a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids, of which fish is a prime source.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Introducing 8 Super Health Foods for 2014!
    You may not have ever heard of these eight newest and greatest super foods, but in 2014 you bet they’ll be getting a lot of buzz from nutritionists and health experts touting...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Foods You Should Be Eating Every Day
    Eating healthy is an important part of life. Many of us strive to eat as healthy as possible every day, but are you really consuming the best nutrients for your body?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice