There are more chickens in the world than any other bird or domesticated fowl, but the question is: Is chicken hard to digest?
The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl.
They are one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a total population of 23.7 billion as of 2018, up from more than 19 billion in 2011.
Chicken has long been considered a healthyalternative to red meat because it’s low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper.
Is Chicken Hard To Digest?
Chicken is a great source of lean protein that helps the body repair itself and it tends to be easy to digest. It also contains no fiber, making it a good choice for people with digestive issues (like IBS).
Fiber normally aids in digestion but too much fiber can lead to digestive distress, gas, and intestinal issues. While too little fiber can harm your intestinal biome and have a negative effect on the health of your protective mucus wall.
Eating chicken baked, grilled, or skinless are the healthiest options, as it contains the least fat unlike fried chicken.
The problem with fried chicken is that it can move undigested through the body too quickly leading to diarrhea. It can also stay in your digestive tract too long – making you feel full and bloated.
The average serving size of chicken is 3-4 ounces.
Does Chicken Go Bad?
Yes, chicken goes bad.
Most of the time, it’s totally obvious when chicken is no good, but more than often that isn’t the case and you’ll have to do a little detective work.
1. Observe The Color
The visual cues can help you out if you’re unsure. Safe chicken should have a pinkish hue, but it’ll start to turn a dull grey when it’s moving past its’ time. If they chicken is looking grey, it’s safest not to eat it.
2. Smell The Chicken
The smell test is a helpful test for many items (milk, fruits, etc) and it’ll help with chicken too. Chicken shouldn’t be odor-free, but it also shouldn’t have a pungent or foul smell. A sour odor means it’s no good.
3. Feel The Chicken
Naturally, chicken has a glossy, slippery texture, but over time the glossiness turns into a layer of thick, sticky slime. Don’t use this chicken.
4. Check The Date
The USDA states that raw chicken should be stored for no longer than one to two days in the refrigerator. If the chicken was frozen, the timeline begins when the chicken is fully thawed.
As a rule of thumb, always take a look at the “best by” date before you start cooking and eating.
How To Store Your Chicken?
Chicken should be stored at a temperate below 40°F and cooked at a temperature above 140°F.
Whole Chicken (2-3 days/12 months)
Chicken Parts (2-3 days/9 months)
Giblets (1 day/3 months)
Ground Chicken (1 day/3 months)
Cooked Chicken (3-4 days/3-4 months)