5 Cooking Methods

By: Cassidy Johnson

Nutrients

Beef

Calorie Content

If you are looking to gain muscle weight for athletic or aesthetic purposes, beef would be better for you than chicken.

Potassium

Beef is a superior source of potassium, with 355 mg per 100 g serving compared to 256 mg per 100 g of chicken. Potassium is a vital nutrient for your health, as it facilitates the electrical impulses sent through nerves to trigger muscle contraction, heart function, digestion and other actions.

Zinc

Beef contains five times more zinc than chicken. Zinc is an essential nutrient involved in your metabolism, and research from the April 2006 edition of "Neuro Endocrinology Letters" indicates that increased zinc intake can promote increased testosterone levels, which can be beneficial for athletes or those looking to improve body composition.






Chicken

Protein

Chicken is a great source of protein. One 6 oz. serving of chicken contains 48 g of protein. Potassium

Chicken is also rich in potassium, calcium and contains no carbohydrates. The nutritional makeup of chicken makes it a healthy, filling food option. By eating healthy cuts of chicken, you'll consume only a small amount of calories and your stomach will stay full for hours. This decreases your likelihood of snacking on unhealthy foods later in the day.

Cooking Methods

If you're trying to cut back on fat, skinless white-meat poultry offers a great low-fat protein option.

Steaming Foods is one better option when trying to cut down on fat.

Stir-Frying is another better option when cooking meat.

Cut down on adding preservatives to your meats.



White VS. Dark Poultry

Both are good sources of protein, but dark meat is a better source of iron. For calorie and fat content, they stack up like this:

Turkey

3 ounces white meat turkey—133 calories and 2.7 grams of fat
3 ounces dark meat turkey—159 calories and 6.1 grams of fat


Chicken

3 ounces chicken breast—142 calories and 3.1 grams of fat
3 ounces chicken thigh—151 calories and 5 grams of fat


One difference between white poultry meat and dark poultry meat is the amount of fat your serving contains. A benefit to adding either white or dark poultry meat to your diet is the hefty dose of protein you get from your serving. The cells in your body rely on plenty of protein so they can work together properly and efficiently. You also get a healthy dose of energy from foods rich in protein. Both chicken and turkey contain small amounts of vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin and thiamin, but they also contain an impressive dose of niacin. Niacin is a B vitamin that helps your body create energy from the foods you eat, and also plays a role in the health of your skin, nerves and digestive system.