A tweet by Twitter user @corihealey has garnered a lot of attention among other users, amassing 74,000 likes, 12,000 retweets and 5,200 comments in merely 3 days. But what topic could possibly have spread so much buzz?
It’s… just chicken. But not just any type of chicken. It’s a chicken that has taken Twitter by storm due to how much seasoning it has. Or rather, a lack thereof.
Y’all wanna get upset by the lack of seasoning on my boyfriends roommates chicken with me pic.twitter.com/R72oHmAf3G
— Anustart (@corihealey) January 8, 2019
She captioned the post with “Y’all wanna get upset by the lack of seasoning on my boyfriends roommates chicken with me”, with many others chiming in and poking fun at the strange situation.
This needs to be reported pic.twitter.com/ZdUgLmWZiV
— His Dudeness (@ZJudkins) January 8, 2019
please get out of the house
— SadeVEVO (@fillegrossiere) January 8, 2019
With so many ways to marinate a chicken, one has to wonder why @corihealy’s boyfriend’s roommate chooses not to add any spice to his chicken. After all, enjoying your food is an important part of eating well.
While the post is hilarious, the nutritional benefits of the chicken breast are no joke. They are one of the best muscle builders you can find, being excellent sources of protein.
According to the HPB’s Energy & Nutrient Composition of Food, 100g of uncooked skinless chicken breast (such as the one shown in the tweet) nets you 22.3g of protein, while only containing 1.6g of fat and no carbohydrates. On top of that, it only contains 104.78 calories, making it easy to simply slot into your meals or as a snack.
Comparatively, 100g of raw salmon comes with only 19.9g of protein, with 13.9g of fat (although those are healthy omega-3 fatty acids) and no carbohydrates. However, it also clocks in at 204 calories, almost twice the amount of chicken breast!
Even beef can’t compare very well with the mighty chicken breast. Despite having similar amounts of protein, even lean beef cuts have many times more fat than chicken. The chuck steak, fillet and ribeye steak all come with 3.4g, 5.2g and 4.4g of fat respectively, along with slightly more calories than chicken breast.
Chicken breast has been the go-to for people trying to get their fill of protein for many years. But how do the rest of this wonderful bird stack up?
Let’s start off with everyone’s favourite, the chicken wing. As we’re trying to compare the healthier versions, we’ll use the skinless versions throughout. Surprisingly, the chicken wing is not as unhealthy as you may remember. Along with a comparable 21.97g of protein, it comes with 3.54g of fats. It’s similar to the chuck steak, so not too bad.
Meanwhile, things are looking bleak for the drumstick. Coming in with only 18.5g of protein, it also has 4.8g of fat, placing it near the top of the unhealthy chicken portions list.
Speaking of unhealthy, the chicken heart is not faring too well either. It has even less protein, with only 15.5g along with marginally more fat, at 5.0g. However, it’s not the most unhealthy part of the chicken.
That honour goes to the intestines of the chicken, with only 8.3g of protein, but a whopping 12.3g of fat. Don’t expect to be gaining muscle off of intestines!
Most of the inner parts of the chicken seem to be less healthy than the outside parts, but the liver manages to break the mold, with 19.2g of protein and only 3.3g of fat, making it only slightly worse than the chicken breast. If you’re getting bored of the breasts, why not spice it up with the liver?
While the clear winner is the chicken breast, the other outer parts (wing & drumstick) are not too far behind and are acceptable substitutions.
If you’re having trouble cooking your chicken breasts, don’t follow the egregious example shown above. Instead, use one of our plentiful recipes to marinate, cook and bake your chicken the tastier way.
By Muhd Farhan