Powerhouse nutrient: Protein. Chicken contains some of the highest levels of protein of any meat. Protein protects against obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and it can dull hunger and prevent you from overeating.
More healthy bonuses: Organic chicken is less likely than the conventionally raised stuff to harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to Consumer Reports. Conventionally raised, factory-farmed chicken has also tested positive for low levels of arsenic, a carcinogen added to chicken feed to speed growth, as well as caffeine, antidepressants, and painkillers, all fed to chickens to keep them alert so they eat more and grow faster.
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