It’s that time of year when many of us have over eaten and indulged during Christmas and, now it’s the New Year, we’re looking at a healthier, more balanced diet. A lot of people tend to turn to ‘faddy’ diets to get the weight off but give up within a matter of weeks. But you don’t have to diet to eat healthily, just make healthier choices at all meal times. Due to the popularity of chicken, at Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher we sell more of this bird in January than any other month of the year. Why? Because health professionals actively promote the health benefits of eating chicken as part of a daily, healthy diet.
But there are far more benefits to eating chicken on a regular basis than just helping with weight loss.
How Chicken contributes towards a healthy diet
Whether it’s chicken soup, chicken stew, chicken chili, chicken breast on salad…chicken in almost any form is versatile, easy to cook and prepare and tasty too. Chicken breast in particular is low in fat and calories and high in protein, which makes it ideal for weight maintenance. What’s more, this cut of meat is also jam-packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins.
Plus, with so many ways to prepare a tasty chicken, you and your family won’t tire of it in your weekly menu choices.
Further benefits of eating chicken on a regular basis
As mentioned, chicken is a great source of lean, low fat protein which lends itself to muscle growth and development, as well as helping to support a healthy body weight and aid weight loss.
This is because the Vitamin B6 (or B-complex vitamins) encourage enzymes and metabolic cellular reactions (or a process known as Methylation), which means eating chicken will keep blood vessels healthy, energy levels high, and metabolism burning calories enabling you to manage a healthy weight and activity level.
Chicken is also high in an amino acid called tryptophan which, particularly after a hearty bowl of chicken soup, will increase the serotonin levels in your brain which improves your mood, reduces stress and enables you to relax.
Physical benefits of eating chicken
Due to its high levels of protein, chicken can also help in the fight against bone loss for elderly people or anyone suffering from Osteoporosis or arthritis. In addition, eating chicken breast can suppress and control the homocysteine levels in your body which in turn helps to prevent heart disease.
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.
Believe it or not, other minerals and vitamins found in chicken include retinol, alpha and beta-carotene which from vitamin A, which is vital for healthy eyesight.
Popularity of Chicken
Now you know why chicken is so good for you, and so highly recommended by health professionals, you will understand why we ensure we keep stocked up in January to meet the needs of our shop and online customers.
We offer a choice of chicken products ranging from whole, farm assured chickens to cuts like chicken legs and diced chicken.
You can order these cuts from the comfort of your own home through our online shop www.bestonlinebutcher.co.uk for deliveries despatched on Tuesdays and Thursdays.