Nutrition Facts About Cancer

Lean chicken breast is high in protein but low in fat. High protein diets may play a significant role in helping cancer patients to maintain their body weight and improve recovery during treatment.

Lean chicken breast has the lowest total fat content compared to equivalent cuts of beef, lamb and pork.

Over 55% of the total fat content of a lean chicken is unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fat is healthier compared to saturated fat. High consumption of saturated fat increases the risks of coronary artery diseases.

One portion of chicken breast meat (100 g) provides between 45 and 65% of the recommended daily protein intake for adults (about 29 g of protein).

Chicken meat should not be kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Most bacteria thrive at temperatures between 5 to 60°C.

Uncooked chicken meat should be frozen to below -15°C. Leftover cooked chicken can be refrigerated, but only for 1 to 2 days. Freeze if longer storage is required.

Thaw frozen chicken meat completely before cooking. This can be done slowly in the fridge or more quickly in the microwave. (Never defrost chicken at room temperature)

 

Reference:

The facts about chicken: A dietitian’s guide. Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc. www.chicken.org.au

Marcus Lee, Dietitian