Chicken is a food that is eaten routinely,and chicken legs’ juicy dark meat works well in a variety of dishes. Chicken legs make healthy additions to your diet, too, providing minerals and vitamins your cells require to function. Just make sure to remove the skin and fat from chicken legs before cooking to minimize your saturated fat intake.
10 Benefits of Eating Chicken
High in Protein
If you’re looking for a great source of lean, low fat protein, this bird is the word. The protein in chicken lends itself to muscle growth and development, and help support a healthy body weight and aid weight loss.
Chicken, like its brother the turkey, is high in an amino acid called tryptophan, which gives you that comforting feeling after eating a comforting plate of food. If you’re feeling depressed, eating some poultry will increase the serotonin levels in your brain, enhance your mood, blasting stress, and helping you to sleep.
Prevents Bone Loss
Osteoporosis or arthritis, eating chicken will aid in your fight against bone loss thanks to the protein.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that can cause cardiovascular disease if levels are high in the body. Eating chicken breast suppresses and controls homocysteine levels.
Soy and Honey Sticky Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Number of servings: 4
12 meduim chicken drumsticks
3 table spoons of soya sauce
2 table spoon of honey
1/2 tea spoon of ground cloves
1 tea spoon of garlic granule or garlic paste
- Preheat the oven at 180C.
- Put the chicken onto a baking tray.
- Use another small bowl to make a paste with all the soya sauce, ground cloves and garlic.
- Pour the paste on the chicken and mix all through.( For a bigger flavour, you can also refrigerate the chicken overnight or upto 5hrs.
- Bake for between 35 to 45 minutes (depending the size of the drumsticks)
- Cut through to see the doneness of the chicken.
Plenty of Phosphorus
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.
Chicken also abundant in selenium, an essential mineral involved in metabolic performance (in other words thyroid, hormone, metabolism, and immune function.)
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 so you can manage a healthy weight and activity level.
Rich in Niacin
Chicken also happens to be rich in niacin, one particular B-vitamin that guards against cancer and other forms of genetic (DNA) damage.
Promotes Eye Health
Chicken is high in retinol, alpha and beta-carotene, and lycopene, all derived from vitamin A, and all vital for healthy eyesight.
Essential for Healthy Tissue Growth
Chapped lips, cracked mouths, tongue sores, or dry skin in winter. However, a boost in riboflavin (or Vitamin B2), found in chicken livers, will drastically reduce your skin problems and repair dry or damaged skin.
When choosing chicken you need to make sure you are purchasing from a safe source and whenever possible buy free-range, organic, pesticide/ antibiotic-free choices.