Poultry & Fowl: Calories & Nutrition Facts

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For the most part, poultry and fowl are very good for you – they are high in protein and low in fats compared to other types of meat. Refer to the calorie calculator to determine the calories for poultry and fowl as well as other nutrition facts.

Lean Protein Source

One of the main nutritional benefits of poultry and fowl is that it is an excellent source of lean protein. Whereas a 3-ounce portion of ground beef contains about 213 calories and 13 grams of fat, a 3-ounce portion of chicken breast contains about 145 calories and only 8 grams of fat. A similar-sized portion of duck meat contains about 177 calories and a 3-ounce portion of guinea fowl contains only 132 calories.

With or Without Skin

When evaluating the number of calories in poultry and fowl you need to keep in mind that the nutritional information will be very different if you include the skin. While poultry and fowl meat is naturally very low in fat, the skin is not. The skin of poultry and fowl is where most of the fat and cholesterol is concentrated. Most of the fat found in poultry and fowl, however, is monosaturated fat so you do not need to worry about it as long as you enjoy it in moderation.
Poultry and fowl are high in nutritional value so they provide a number of significant health benefits such as supporting healthy weight loss – they are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Refer to the calorie calculator for poultry and fowl to determine the calories and nutritional value.

Vitamin and Mineral Content

The vitamin and mineral content of poultry and fowl varies from one kind to another, but for the most part these foods are high in nutritional value. For example, chicken is very high in niacin (a 1-cup serving provides 96% of your daily recommended intake) and it is a good source of both vitamin B6 and thiamin. Quail meat is rich in niacin, selenium, phosphorus and zinc. Turkey breast is rich in niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and selenium.

Improved Weight Loss

Many research studies have shown that increasing your intake of lean protein while decreasing your carbohydrate consumption may help you to lose weight. The body utilizes the energy from protein more quickly and efficiently than it does energy from carbs – calories from carbohydrate are more likely to be stored as fat. If you are trying to lose weight, swapping out some high-carb foods for lean protein sources like poultry and fowl may help you to lose weight.