When it comes to chicken and turkey, we have been led to believe that we should stick with white meat and no skin.
For years this has been the direction of weight loss advocates because they claim that white meat is lower in calories and fat. But as I often say, eating fat is not a terrible thing. It is those nasty carbohydrates and sugars that are making people fat and unhealthy.
White Meat Does Have Less Saturated Fat
And white meat does carry a lot of protein, but by skipping that dark meat, you are losing many nutrients that you should be getting in your diet.
Vegetarians can bypass this
I would never try to take you away from a vegetarian diet plan if that is your calling, but many of us love to have meat in our diet.
The thing is, we have to be so careful where our meat is coming from.
Too many chickens and turkeys are fed growth hormones and antibiotics that enter the meat and make there way into our system.
No matter what color of chicken or turkey meat you are eating, I suggest you purchase grass/pasture fed chickens or turkeys. You may even want to look for the USDA seal that it is organic meat.
That will ensure you are not getting the hormones and other ingredients that our bodies do not need and can damage not only our health but future generations.
Why You Should Indulge In Dark Meat
Maybe you were led to believe that you should only eat skinless breasts or white meat. I am here to tell you that you can take that chicken thigh or leg. Eat some of that dark meat.
Dark meat is dark because these are the muscles used most by the bird. This means that more oxygen needs to be sent to those areas and it becomes myoglobin which is high iron that our systems require. Other nutrients you get in dark meat that is not available in the white meat are:
- More selenium
- Taurine which is an anti-inflammatory
- Vitamins B6 and B12
- Vitamins A and K
- and Thiamine
All of these are important for our systems but
Taurine is extra special
Taurine lowers the risks of heart disease by keeping blood pressure regulated.
The Saturated Fats Are Not Bad For You
For years, experts believed saturated fats were bad but studies have shown the opposite. It is the carbohydrates that are bad and saturated fats are, for the most part, healthy.
Start eating that dark meat because studies are showing that the Taurine alone could even have more benefits.
And back to you vegetarians, Taurine is a common deficiency in people who are on vegan diets.
Studies are showing that Taurine may be a great benefit to the human brain and memory loss in aging people. It has also been shown that people that suffer from diseases such as cancer, kidney and liver disease and diabetes have low levels of Taurine.
Maybe Taurine is that miracle nutrient our bodies require. Taurine content is high in dark meat, oysters and clams.
Leave The Skin On Too
Another myth that people have been told is that the skin on the chicken or turkey is bad. Organic chicken and turkey skin hold many nutrients too. The most healthy fat of all is found in the skin… monounsaturated fat is the same fat that is in olive oil.
The Harvard School of Public Health determined that the majority of fat in chicken and turkey skin is actually unsaturated fats that are great for our heart health.
And, that skin helps our hair and skin
Our bodies need collagen and the skin is full of collagen. The chicken and turkey bones are also heavy in collagen, so that is why I recommend bone broth.
The benefits of collagen are so numerous that I cannot count them all, but some are:
- Battles diabetes
- Strengthens our hair and nails
- Improves joint health
- Tightens your skin and prevents wrinkles
- and even speeds the healing process from injuries
So What Is For Dinner?
If you have been thinking you are eating healthier by purchasing those no skin chicken breasts, I ask you to re-think that equation.
I believe that experts of old truly believed that it was healthier but new studies prove that theory wrong.
Buy that whole chicken or whole turkey, but just make sure it is a pasture fed bird or tagged organic.
And if I am invited, I would love that dark meat with skin and a glass of red wine.
Now that is a healthy meal.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the dark meat findings?
I am open to all comments and if you have any questions, just post them below.