It’s hard to believe that there was a point in time where there were no chicken wings on any menus around the world, but this was, unfortunately, the case before 1964.
Although you may love chicken wings, you may not be completely aware of the nutritional aspect of them. Here are 8 nutrition facts about chicken wings that you might not have known about.
The nutrition of chicken wings can vary depending on the way it is prepared. Fried chicken has significantly more calories, fat and carbohydrates if it is done with breading and flour. However, the nutrition profile is similar to the roasted chicken wing if you just eat the meat from the fried chicken wing.
According to a research paper published in 2015 by Food and Nutrition Research, the meat part of the fried or roasted chicken wing (typically 20 grams) gets you 42 calories, 2 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein and no carbohydrates. However, eating the skin adds 25-30% more calories.
There are 159 calories, almost 11 grams of fat, 9.75 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbohydrates in a battered chicken wing.
Your body needs sufficient amounts of protein for optimal health, and chicken wings provide the essential amino acids needed for just that. Protein in chicken has low collagen levels, which is one of the major compounds that gives protein structure. This makes them more digestible.
Although chicken wings are the fattest part of the bird, the wing has a more favourable composition (due to its notable amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids).
Most farmers feed their chicken with vegetable derived feed (helping the meat of the chicken many long-chain omega 3 fatty acids. Promotion of brain health and prevention of inflammation is associated with these fatty acids.
Niacin and iron are also found in chicken wings.
In the weeks and days leading up to the Superbowl, more than 1.5 billion chicken wings are consumed!
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