The myth that chicken is more healthful than meat comes from the fact that meat contains a little more saturated fats than chicken does, but four ounces of each contain the same 100 mg of cholesterol.

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that people who eat meat twice a day for a month do not change their blood cholesterol levels when they switch to eating chicken twice a day. Grilling chicken forms 15 times as much cancer-causing heterocyclic amines as grilled meat does. Both are dense sources of calories so you should limit meat and chicken when you are trying to lose weight. Neither contains fiber that prevents constipation and helps to lower cholesterol. You do not need to eat either meat and chicken to meet your needs for protein because you can get all the protein you need from whole grains and beans.

Archives of Internal Medicine July, 1999

Checked 5/3/07

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