The two dishes are most people’s favorite due to their rich nutrients and taste. These two have graced some of the most important events and are also regarded as cultural foods in most countries. But which one of the two should come first: the fish or the chicken? Both are touted as the best alternative to red meat. They have been recommended to people struggling with various health issues. But does one stand out over the other when it comes to a healthy diet? Let’s find out.
The amount of money you will pay for meat or seafood at the counter normally varies. The type of cut will determine the cost, whether the product is organic, the type of fish or chicken, etc. For instance, when you opt for boneless chicken breasts, this will set you back more than $3 a pound on average. On the other hand, fish in the market normally varies and this also influences its price from week to week. So when it comes to cost, chicken is the less expensive option you can go for.
Well this in most cases will depend on personal preference. However, the great thing about chicken and fish is that any skilled cook can easily dress them up and make them appealing even to the pickiest taste folks. For an exotic Indian flavor, you can try and season your chicken with curry. You can also try to drizzle low-fat Italian dressing on that fish and change the pace by baking it. So when it comes to the taste, it’s a draw.
If you are looking for the greatest protein powerhouses in the food stores, then these two fit the requirements. The protein content is affected by the variety of fish or the part of the chicken you choose. For instance, a 3-ounce portion of grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts have almost 26 grams of protein to offer. The same serving of baked Atlantic cod will offer you close to 19 ½ grams. The two are also low in calories—128 calories in 3 ounces of chicken and 89 calories in the cod. It is also important to note that both are low in fat—there is less than 1 gram of fat in the fish and 2.7 grams in the chicken. If you are cautious on the amount of fat you take, you can keep it to a minimum by cooking with a dry-heat method like baking, grilling or broiling.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish is what makes it triumph over chicken—in particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This is what helps with cognitive functions like memory. The types of fish rich in this nutritional value include herring, halibut, sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel. If you want more omega-3 fatty acids than what farm raised fish can offer, then consider going for wild-caught fish which typically give you three times more than you asked for. Dietitians will also recommend that you eat fish at least twice a week.
You may have come across labels that claim “100 percent natural” or “grain fed” when shopping for chicken. This typically indicates no artificial ingredients or that the chickens were not fed animal byproducts. However, it is important that you take the manufacturer’s word on this one because most departments responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food don’t certify those claims.
One major challenge you will face when looking for fish is finding a product that’s not only healthy for you but also good for the environment. Smaller fish such as mackerel and sardines contain less mercury and are found at the bottom of the food chain. Halibut and salmon are Alaskan seafood that are not only safe for you but also not overfished. If possible, you are advised to buy products caught under stricter standards and they should be wild fish instead of going for the ones farmed.
So, between fish and chicken, which one is the winner? Well, while chicken generally doesn’t cost as much as the fish, they are both great sources of vitamins and minerals recommended by dietitians. They are also low in fat. However, the slight edge goes to the fish since the overall variety and omega-3s gives it an advantage over chicken.