Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A Recipe for Health – You mustard eat the bird!

Now we all know chicken is a healthy protein and we know that mustard is a healthy condiment, so when we mix the two together we get a very healthy start to a healthy meal. Baking chicken is an age old and simple way to enjoy a healthy meal.

Chicken is the most widely eaten protein in the world. You will find it in just about every culture. Chickens are a descendent of the Red Junglefowl that was first raised thousands of years ago in the Northern parts of India.

Chicken is a versatile protein. It can be baked, fried, stewed, eaten hot or cold. A four- ounce serving of chicken provides 67.7% of your daily protein. As humans we need to get our essential amino acids from protein and chicken is a great source.

Chicken is also a good source of niacin which has anti-cancer properties. Components of our DNA require niacin and a deficiency has been shown to be directly related to genetic damage. Further studies have shown that eating niacin rich foods may help with cognitive decline.

Chicken is also a good source of selenium which is a mineral that supports metabolism and immune boosting. In addition selenium supports one of the body’s most important antioxidants, glutathione peroxidase, which may be the most important antioxidant for cancer protection. When levels of glutathione peroxidase are too low, toxic molecules can be damaging to any cells with which they come in contact, damaging their cellular DNA and promoting the development of cancer cells. Four ounces of chicken supply 40.0% of the daily value for selenium.

As well as the B-vitamins, niacin and selenium, chicken is a great source of tryptophan. Protein supplies the essential amino acids that the body needs in order to survive. Tryptophan is one of these essential amino acids. Tryptophan works as a biosynthesis or building block allowing for the assimilation of important nutrients. It acts as a precursor or gatekeeper for the synthesis of serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is the feel good neurotransmitter that our brain releases in response to tryptophan. That’s why if you are feeling anxious, hyperactive and nervous eating protein will bring on a sense of calmness.

The problem with chicken is that the chicken we buy in the supermarket is often fed antibiotics and the meat has a tendency to get contaminated in handling. Make sure you buy organic and get fresh cut chicken. The best chicken I ever had was a chicken stew I had I Morocco where just a few hours before I was served my Moroccan spicy chicken stew the chicken was beheaded in the marketplace and delivered fresh to the restaurant for cooking. The meat was sweet and pure.

If you add a little mustard to your chicken dish, you get the added benefits of omega 3. Mustard is a great condiment for chicken. Baking chicken with mustard sauce is one of the healthiest ways to enjoy chicken. Removing the skin and fat leaves a lean meat that can be coated with a pungent mustard sauce making chicken a  healthy  dish that is sure to make you understand why you must eat the bird!

Doctor Lynn

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