The 50 Healthiest Foods of All Time (With Recipes)
Why it’s good for you: Light meat is a fine choice, but there’s no reason to be afraid of the dark. The fat in dark meat contains a hormone called cholecystokinin, or CCK, which is partly responsible for satiety, so a little bit of dark meat can go a long way, especially if you’re watching your weight. Further, dark meat contains myoglobin, a protein which delivers oxygen to muscle cells. Dark meat also has more B vitamins than white meat, making it a nutrient-rich protein source that’s tasty and satisfying, and meat from the leg and thigh are rich in taurine. Studies have shown that taurine can lower the risk of coronary heart disease in women and it may also help protect against diabetes and high blood pressure. Serving size: chicken, dark meat, cooked thigh (one example) Nutrition per serving: Calories: 184 Fat: 8.7 g Cholesterol: 137 mg Sodium: 198 mg Carbohydrates: 0 g Dietary fiber: 0 g Sugars: 0 g Protein: 27 g Preparation Preheat oven to 425°.
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