It is the most widely consumed meat in France. And if the French are fond of it, it’s because they appreciate its tender flesh, its taste but also its many health benefits. Rich in essential nutrients and vitamins, chicken has it all. Here are 5 reasons to enjoy this poultry.
Chicken: a source of protein
Proteins have many roles in the body and are therefore essential to our health. Protein helps renew muscle tissue, skin and bones, provides energy and boosts the formation of digestive enzymes and other hormones. Bingo! Chicken is an excellent source of protein and boasts all nine of the body’s essential amino acids.
Chicken: lower in calories than its peers
Less fatty than pork and beef, chicken is a lean meat of choice. In fact, it contains little fat, except for the skin, which can be removed to reduce the fat intake. In addition, chicken has a satiating effect, which helps to curb cravings for snacks. This poultry is therefore ideal to eat if you want to lose weight as part of a diet.
Chicken: a vitamin champion
Rich in group B vitamins, which are responsible for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, chicken acts on the nervous system and contributes to the general good functioning of the body. In addition, it helps to keep the skin healthy.
Chicken: supplier of trace elements
Zinc, selenium, phosphorus: all these trace elements, which cannot be produced by our bodies, boost health and play an important role in maintaining teeth, bones, kidneys and the central nervous system. Bingo bis, chicken is rich in them!
Chicken: good for the heart
Amino acids such as homocysteine can be harmful and often increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and blood clots. Chicken, rich in B vitamins, could reduce and control this homocysteine level in the blood.
What about organic chicken?
Choosing to eat organic chicken means respecting animal welfare AND preserving our health as well. The organic label means that the chickens are reared in the open air, which means that they can roam, peck and thrive outdoors. In addition, their diet is healthier: organic chickens eat organic food without GMOs and everything they peck at in the open air, meadows that are not treated with synthetic pesticides. Finally, organic chickens, like those of the Le Picoreur brand, are raised without antibiotic treatment, which helps to reduce antibiotic resistance.