Myth: It is healthier to remove chicken skin before eating

FALSE. A chicken breast will always be lean—skinned or not. What’s more, 55 percent of the fat in the chicken skin is monounsaturated—the heart-healthy kind you want more of, says Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RD, Program Director for Strategic Initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Emma was actually the first person to burst my food myth bubble on this one and I distrustfully decided to go off and do my own research… and guess what… she was right! It appears CNN have reached the same conclusion too http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/30/cl.nutrition.myths/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Furthermore, it turns out, according to The U.S. Department of Agriculture, that whether cooking chicken with the skin on—and removing it after cooking— or peeling skin off before cooking, makes no significant difference to the fat content. The only difference is that the moisture content of the chicken cooked with the skin on was significantly higher. Same fat and calories, just juicer chicken.

Now by no means am I suggesting you go and take out copious amounts of fried chicken skin but perhaps leaving it on next time you cook is worth considering – just food for thought.

Sarah x

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One Reply to Myth: It is healthier to remove chicken skin before eating

  1. Colline says:

    Interesting.

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