Middletown Senior Center
21256 Washington Street
Post Office Box 1037
Middletown, California 95461
Phone: (707) 987-3113
Fax: (707) 987-3114
BREASTS VS. THIGHS:
an April 2012 report in the Wall Street Journal, dark meat thighs
and legs have stolen a sizable percentage of breasts’ market share. And
while the ignored thighs were once a great option for budget-conscious
consumers, their price has soared along with their popularity.
Is It Healthier? While some consumers may switch from white to
dark meat because of a taste preference, it comes at a price: higher
calories, fat and saturated fat, according to Academy Spokesperson Toby
Smithson, RDN, LDN, CDE. “A three-ounce portion of chicken breast without
the skin contains 142 calories, 3 grams of fat and .9 grams of saturated
fat,” she says. Meanwhile, a skinless chicken thigh of the same size
contains 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 3 grams of saturated fat.
Smithson cautions that because these nutrition numbers are for a three-ounce
serving, they most likely underestimate the difference between a meal of
white meat and a meal of dark meat. “Portion size definitely matters when
we are talking about meat and the total amount of fat, saturated fat and
calories consumed,” she says.
Trick to Regulate Portion Size. For white or dark meat, Smithson
recommends the bone-in option instead of choosing boneless. The bone
won’t change the nutritional value of the cooked meat, but it can help you eat
Dark Meat. Instead of choosing dark chicken meat, Smithson says a better
poultry option is dark turkey meat. “It actually fares well as a
lower-fat protein food, similar to a chicken breast,” she says. Three
ounces of roasted skinless dark turkey meat from the drumsticks has 135
calories, 3 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat.
Whichever cut of raw poultry you ask for, Smithson says remember
to handle poultry properly. Wash your hands before and after
handling raw poultry. Use separate utensils and cutting boards for raw
vs. cooked and ready-to-eat foods.