Chicken Skin Contains More Heart-Healthy Fats

Eating chicken skin is not as bad as you think.


While the fats found in animal foods are usually saturated, which can increase cholesterol and heart disease risk, the fats in chicken skin are mostly heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database reported that one ounce of chicken skin contains eight grams of unsaturated fat and only three grams of saturated fat.

The Harvard School of Public Health also noted that cooking chicken with the skin on it helps keep the chicken moist and flavorful.

Of course, chicken skin does add saturated fats and calories to your meal.

According to USDA, one cup of cooked chicken breast sans the skin contains 231 calories while a cup of cooked chicken breast with skin contains 276 calories with three grams of saturated fat.

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