CHICKEN BREASTS

Food & Home - - Conscious Eating -

An ex­cel­lent source of lean high-qual­ity pro­tein, chicken breasts boast high lev­els of B vi­ta­mins, es­pe­cially niacin (vi­ta­min B3), which plays an im­por­tant role in the me­tab­o­lism of car­bo­hy­drates, pro­teins and fats; and vi­ta­min B6, which is used by many en­zymes re­quired by neu­ro­trans­mit­ters – en­doge­nous chem­i­cals that al­low nerve cells to com­mu­ni­cate with one an­other, as well as other cells – to ful­fil their func­tion. In ad­di­tion, chicken breasts are rich in se­le­nium, a trace min­eral that is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant. De­pend­ing on the size, cook­ing method and whether the skin is dis­carded or not, the calorific value of chicken breasts can dif­fer – an av­er­age skin­less chicken breast (86g) con­tains roughly 140 calo­ries (580kJ), 3g fat and 26g pro­tein. The good news is that lean chicken is also a good source of hearthealthy mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat, with an av­er­age-size breast con­tain­ing 1,1g mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat and only 0,9g sat­u­rated fat.

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