I stopped eating chicken as a form of lean protein, and I recommend you should too. But, why should I stop eating chicken? You ask… Well, let’s see.
Here’s my reasons why:
Without a doubt, chicken is the most popular meat even though it may be a convenient and affordable form of lean protein but there are a few reasons of why I decided I want to stop eating it.
Some of the reasons are over concerns of animal welfare but some are purely for health-related reasons and enjoyment because to me it is like pretty much meat’s version of tofu.
What are the side effects of cutting chicken out of your diet?
Regardless of why I made this decision, there are some both negative and positive side effects we all should know before cutting of chicken of your diet. Protein not only helps you to feel satisfied , but it’s crucial for building and repairing muscle tissue. Chicken has a lot of protein, just like beef and fish however beef wins in my opinion on nearly every other nutritional level.
Why do we need to be eating better quality meat?
I know boneless skinless chicken seems like a healthier choice than steak, but I think because chicken is white, people think that it’s somehow healthier looking than “bloody” red meat.
Also, most people feel more sorry for a cow than they do for a chicken. Cows have big brown eyes and remind us of our pets. We associate less with chickens than cows. Feedlots are out in the open, so people can see them as they drive by.
Chickens raised are often packed by the thousands into massive sheds and fed large amounts of antibiotics and drugs to keep them alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them.
What other forms of protein I can eat?
If you are like me and you have been thinking of giving up chicken you definitely want to be mindful about replacing it with another high-quality protein. As well as foods that contain essential vitamins and minerals like fish or red meat.
Red meat has much less omega-6 than chicken. Beef has about a 1:5 ratio of omega-3 and 6 while boneless skinless chicken breast has a 1:10 ratio and it has nearly twice as much selenium and zinc, and more phosphorus, B6, and a lot more B12 than chicken.
Fish is filled with omega -3 fatty acids and vitamins D, and B12. Fish is rich in calcium and phosphorus and a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.
So there are plenty of other options to include in your diet if Chicken is not your thing.
It’s your choice.
Let’s make it clear, there is still some benefits to eating chicken and I pass no judgement because you still want to eat it. This is simply me, putting my thoughts out there and sharing with you, what works for me, my health and my body.
I feel that after so many years I have had enough of eating chicken and I don’t enjoy the texture or taste of it.
Also, I think there are much better, healthier and more intriguing forms of proteins available these days, that can support my athletic lifestyle and health in general.
So, why should I stop eating chicken?
Well, that is a question only you can answer for yourself. But if you want to pursue a journey of nutrition that is best tailored to your body, then I recommend seeking out a Professional Nutritionist.
They can advise and guide you to reach your health goals.
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