When a chicken tortilla is a bit greasy, it’s bad for you.
In fact, according to a study by the University of Washington, when chicken breasts are cooked in water and then ground in a flour mixture, it releases a chemical called hydrogen sulfide.
This gas, which causes an acidity, is carcinogenic and a cause of cancer.
The American College of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends a chicken broth or tomato broth with a lower sodium content than normal for those who have sensitive or high blood pressure.
For those with moderate or high cholesterol, a lower-sodium broth is recommended.
But if you want to avoid a whole lot of fried chicken, consider a low-salt chicken broth.
It’s more expensive than the regular, more-saturated chicken broth, but it is the best choice, says Lisa McBride, a registered dietitian and senior nutritionist for the American Heart Association.
“When a chicken is cooked to the point where it starts to turn pink, it should be served as a substitute for a higher-salty broth,” McBride says.
The more chicken you have on hand, the healthier the meal, says David Zaltzman, a professor of nutrition and director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The healthiest choices are low-fat, low-carbohydrate, and low-calorie.
“If you’re trying to maintain your waistline and prevent diabetes, then the best thing is a low carb diet, not a whole-grain diet,” Zaltzer says.
And if you’re concerned about cholesterol, take the extra step of cutting out sugary snacks.
For example, take a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk and replace it with one-third of a teaspoon of honey.
Zaltz says that one tablespoon of honey in a serving of sweet bread and pasta is far healthier than eating that much sugar in a cup of coffee.
A high-fat diet is not good for you, says Mark Sisson, a clinical dietitist at The Washington University Medical Center in St Louis.
“You’re not going to be able to control your cholesterol, so eating a lot of fat isn’t going to help you,” he says.
“There are a lot more carbs in a meal than in a bag of chips.”
So what are you waiting for?
Grab some chicken, cut up some chicken and enjoy!
You might be surprised by the results.
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