Types Of White Meat You Should Never Eat And Here’s Why

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Types Of White Meat You Should Never Eat And Here’s Why

Written by: Emilyn Gil

My husband always teases me when we go out to eat. He thinks it’s funny that no matter where we go, I will always order something with chicken. Sandwiches, entrees, tacos, salads, you name it. I’ll choose chicken 95% of the time.

But I mean, we’ve all heard it. Red meat bad, white meat good. Right?

WRONG!

Not all white meat is in the safe zone. As nice as the little red and white meat catch phrase is, that’s not all there is to it.

White Meats You Should Never Eat

But don’t despair! Learning to choose the healthy white meats is still very simple. And to make it even easier, I’ve made a list of all the white meats that you should NEVER eat and why.

Chicken Nuggets

Okay, so this first one is probably a no-brainer. You don’t need all that deep fried fat, sodium, or sugar (yes, sugar!) anywhere near your arteries or waistline. And don’t let the chicken nugget code-name “chicken tenders” fool you either. It sounds healthier, but is generally equal in fat and calories, so watch out!

Fried Chicken

For a lot of the same reasons that you should avoid chicken nuggets and chicken tenders, keep fried chicken out of your diet as well. You should especially avoid breaded and deep fried chicken, but it is also best to stay away from chicken that has been fried or sauteed in oil or butter. Baked or grilled is always the best way to go.

Chicken And Turkey Legs

I’ll be the first to say that I prefer the taste of chicken leg or thigh to chicken breast. But, is the cost really worth the taste? Thighs and legs of both chicken and turkey contain more calories, fat and saturated fat than the breast. So if you want the healthier option, stay away from the darker cuts.

Deli Meats

Even turkey and chicken deli meats are best left on the shelf and off the menu. Due to the preparation process, deli meats contain lots of saturated fat, sodium and preservatives. If you’re looking for a healthier sandwich option, try swapping the deli meat for a chicken salad, or cutting thin slices of home-baked chicken or turkey to slap between your bread.

Ground Turkey

If you’re looking for a ground beef replacement for your chili, ground turkey is not always the way to go. Some ground turkey can actually have more calories, fat and saturated fat than beef, so read the labels very carefully. Make sure the turkey is 90% lean for the best results. Another option is to buy turkey breast and grind it yourself in a food processor.

The Right White Meat

So we’ve established that white meat is better than red meat and that even some white meats are better than other white meats. But what is the very best white meat?

The #1 absolute best white meat option out there is free range. Free range or free roaming means that the animals were able to roam around outside in the sunshine and fresh air rather than being caged up all their lives. Free range meats are not only a better option for the animals themselves, but the healthier option for you as well.

You can find free range meats in grocery stores and health food stores and even some restaurants use free range meats in their dishes, so be on the lookout!

Bonappetite!

Now I have some solid reasons to give my husband about why I choose the healthier chicken options when we go out. Can’t wait for that! Take these tips with you to the grocery store, to restaurants and to your kitchen and notice the difference in your diet.

And remember, we’re in this together!

Emilyn Gil

Emilyn Gil

Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, napping, and spending time with family. She likes monkeys, homemade rolls, and the color yellow. She has traveled to Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, and currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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