Snack off: Chicken vs Pork
The chicken makes a clean swoop in the energy stakes by weighing in with 150 oomph-yielding calories per 100g. A large breast also gives you your RDA of niacin, which will help your body produce energy from all the foods you eat and keep your nervous and digestive system healthy. Dont expect the same benefits from a KFC Zinger, though.
One hundred grams of fowl one decent sized breast - will serve up 18g of brawn-building protein. Chicken is also feathered with the amino acid leucine, which a report in theEuropean Journal of Applied Physiologyfound enhanced athletic performance by helping your body convert the protein you eat into muscle. That should move you up your teams pecking order.
A single breast will give you a 104mg serving of omega-3s which research at the University of Newcastle found to be anti-inflammatory. But try and shun the bargain basement chooks because a study in theMeat Sciencejournal found organic chickens had 38% more omega-3 than their non-organic brothers.
With only 103 calories per 100g the hog is ideal for those trying to become less of a porker. Its also a stellar source of vitamins B12, B6 and B3, which break down the carbs and fat to help your muscles pig out on the energy from the rest of the foods on your plate.
Chomping chops gives you 20g of protein per 100g. Whats more, eating like a pig wont make you look like one because research at theUS Institute of Food Technologyfound that pork tenderloins have as much fat as a lean chicken breast. Its also rich in zinc, which helps your body produce the testosterone used to build muscle and the stamina of a boar when you sow your wild oats.
A 200g hunk of pork will give you 100% of your RDA of the antioxidant selenium, which research in Biological Trace Element Research found helped athletes recover faster after exercising to exhaustion. The muscle repairing mineral zinc will also help keep your immunity high after exercise according to a study inNeuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. So eating the swine may actually help you stave off the swine flu.
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