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Is Chicken Skin Bad For You Even When Consumed Occasionally?

Chicken skin! Isn’t it the best part of the chicken? I, personally, save the chicken skin so I can eat it at the end of the meal. “Save the best for last” is what they say! However, chicken skin has been one of the top trends in food myth blogs. Some people say that this part of the chicken is not good for anyone at all. They say that you should not eat chicken skin at all, whether it is fried, roasted, boiled or grilled. Is there any truth to this? What is found in chicken skin that some people think that you’re not supposed to eat it?

First of all, chicken skin is full of saturated fat. If you’ve tried to cook chicken, you will notice how bulky the skin gets after cooking. Compare a whole chicken before and after cooking and you will see the difference I am talking about. This is because while the chicken is cooking, all the fat in the meat will go to the surface but cannot escape because of the skin. Therefore, all the fat gets stuck in the chicken skin. That is what makes it so delicious, but in big amounts, dangerous for your health.


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Chicken skin nutritional facts. Courtesy -

You know yourself pretty well, if you are overweight or obese, then you really need to stay away from fatty foods like chicken skin. Especially if you have diseases caused by too much cholesterol; like heart disease. The bad cholesterol in chicken skin will make your heart work double time. Chicken skin also contains loads of sodium. If you consume too much chicken skin, you will eventually become prone to diseases like:

  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems
  • Liver disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Kidney problems because of sodium content
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Pimples and acne

If you are trying to lose weight, you must completely do away with chicken skin. One gram of chicken skin contains a lot fat. One gram of fat already contains 9 calories. Therefore, chicken skin alone can provide you with loads of calories that are very hard to burn. The sodium content of chicken skin can lead to abdominal bloating. Sodium contains false fat. It makes you look up to 9 pounds heavier than what you really weigh. So if you are serious about losing weight, you need to seriously get chicken skin out of your diet.

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Chicken skin food. Courtesy -

So, is chicken skin good for you or not? It is fine to eat chicken and chicken skin. Just make sure that you eat chicken skin in moderation, otherwise, gaining weight will be the least of your problems. This does not mean that you will completely vanish from a life of good tasting poultry dishes; you might just need to modify your meals to make sure that chicken meat will be your target. Make it more flavourful by adding healthy spices and boil or grill your chicken instead of frying it.

Just like any other fatty food, a little chicken skin from time to time won’t hurt.

Linda Hamilton

Linda is a certified dietician and life coach. After 5 years of gaining experience with the NHS community, Linda now works on a freelance basis providing nutrition and dietary advice to clients across the UK. She strives to promote positive, practical messages about food and health to treat nutrition related health problems.

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