Chicken VS. Beef

Caitlyn Stephens

Nutrients

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.

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.

Choline

Beef is a richer source of choline than chicken. Choline is an essential nutrient with a number of roles, including aiding in the production of cell membranes, metabolizing fat and helping to protect against liver damage.




White VS. Dark Poultry

Protein

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. A half of a white meat chicken breast contains 26.68 g of protein, and half of a white meat turkey breast contains 91.98 g. Dark meat chicken has more protein than white meat chicken with 37.22 g per serving, but dark meat turkey has less than white meat turkey with 40 g per serving.

Minerals

One half of a white meat chicken breast contains 0.89 mg of the 8 to 18 mg of iron you need each day and 0.86 mg of the 8 to 11 mg of zinc you need on a daily basis. A serving of dark meat chicken has higher concentrations of these minerals with 1.81 mg of iron and 3.81 mg of zinc. You also get small amounts of potassium from chicken. A half a white meat turkey breast contains 4.68 mg of iron and 5.32 mg of zinc. A serving of dark meat turkey has 3.26 mg of iron and 6.24 mg of zinc.

Vitamins

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. You need between 14 and 16 mg of niacin per day. One half of a white meat chicken breast contains 11.79 mg, and the same amount of dark meat chicken has 8.9 mg. Half of a white meat turkey breast contains 22.92 mg of zinc, and the same serving of dark meat turkey has 5.10 mg.



Roasting VS. Frying

While roaster chicken is tender as well, the meat of the fryer chicken is especially tender.A whole fryer chicken is typically enough food to serve three to four people, and a roaster chicken serves between five and seven people.