What is that in my chicken?
I don't know about you, but when I eat chicken, I like to know that I'm eating 100% chicken.
Recently a few clients have asked me about a particular chicken product which contains 16% of 'other stuff'. That's a lot of non chicken related things in my chicken, so lets have a look at what is in this product. I won't name any brands here as the brand in question also does lovely roast chicken. For starters, our chicken product contains wheat, barley, soy and milk so to those of with allergies including gluten intolerance, don't assume all chicken is created equal. Our product contains 10 E-numbers, what this means is that 10 ingredients in the product were created in a lab (some of them are ok though).
Included in these is flavour enhancer (635), Asthmatics are advised to stay clear of this additive. Colour (160c) is in the product, but never fear this one is from natural sources. This product also has sugar in it also in the form of maltodextrin and plain old sugar, so if you're trying to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, sorry eating this chicken won't help either. One serving of this wonderful product also has 1554mg of sodium, that is certainly over the average intake for New Zealanders and only 900mg away from the upper limit we should be consuming. There are all sorts of other wonderful items in our chicken like cheese powder, hydrolyzed maize protein, yeast extract, acidity regulators, thickeners and much more!
Your body has to process these additives, luckily it has learnt to adapt somewhat over the years, but it doesn't mean that it likes doing it, or that it finds it very easy. It doesn't want to process additives, it wants to metabolise NUTRIENTS. The point here is to read your labels and see what really is in your food. The labels on this pack shows only 4.2g of sugar per 140g serve and only 2.5g of fat, for starters I find this hard to believe as a plain 125g cooked piece of chicken breast has approx 5.7g of fat according to the NZ Food composition chart. But that aside, my 125g piece of plain chicken has 0g of sugar - just like chicken should. Always read your ingredients list as well as your nutrition panels, be on the look out for foods with lots of numbers, added sugar, allergens and unknown words - if you don't know what it is, chances are it was made in a lab.
Chicken is chicken. Food is food and chemicals are chemicals, read your labels and nourish your body.