Pasture raised Chicken meat

Pasture raised Chicken is perhaps best known for its high protein content, but it is a food that actually provides broad nutrient support with respect to protein, one 114-grams serving of pasture-raised chicken meat provides about 35 grams of protein, or 70% of the Daily Value (DV). Included in this excellent protein content are plentiful amounts of sulphur-containing amino acids like cysteine and methionine, as well as branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) that are important for support of cardiac and skeletal muscle. All B vitamins are present in pasture raised chicken meat, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, biotin, and choline. Pasture raised chicken is a particularly helpful food for obtaining vitamin B3, since it provides about 98% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) per serving and ranks as an excellent source of this B vitamin. 114-grams of pasture raised chicken also supplies 40% of the DRI for vitamin B6 and over 20% of the DRI for choline.

In terms of minerals, pasture raised chicken is richest in selenium and provides about 57% of the DRI in a single 114-grams serving. Zinc, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron are also provided by this food.

Potential Cardiovascular Benefits

There continues to be some debates about the exact role of pasture raised chicken in support of cardiovascular health.

Form of Chicken Amount Calories Total Fat Saturated Fat
with skin 100 gms 185-200 6-8 2.0-2.25
without skin 100 gms 185-185 3-5 0.75-1.25

We do know, however, from a very recent study by researchers at the University of Stellenbosch in Tygerberg, South Africa, that intake of chicken—when coupled with a prudent diet that restricts total fat to 30% of calories and provides 20 grams of daily dietary fiber—can lower blood cholesterol and blood LDL-cholesterol. More specifically, inclusion of chicken can increase the omega-3 content of the TGs and lower their content of arachidonic acid (AA). Since omega-3s are considered to be anti-inflammatory fatty acids, and since AA is considered to be a pro-inflammatory fatty acid, this change in the composition of the TGs with pasture raised chicken consumption could be considered as providing anti-inflammatory benefits to the cardiovascular system.

Nutritional table of 114 grams of pasture raised chicken

Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%) Nutrient Density World's Healthiest Foods Rating
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent
vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97 9.3 excellent

In-Depth Nutritional Profile

In addition to the nutrients highlighted in our ratings chart, here is an in-depth nutritional profile for pasture-raised Chicken,. This profile includes information on a full array of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fibers, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more.

Chicken, pasture-raised, breast, roasted

Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%)
Protein 35.18 g 70
Carbohydrates 0.00 g 0
Fat - total 4.05 g 5
Dietary Fiber 0.00 g 0
Calories 187.11 10
Monounsaturated Fat 1.41 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.87 g
Saturated Fat 1.15 g
Trans Fat -- g
Calories from Fat 36.43
Calories from Saturated Fat 10.31
Calories from Trans Fat --
Cholesterol 85.00 mg
Water 74.00 g
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%)
Water-Soluble Vitamins
B-Complex Vitamins
Vitamin B1 0.08 mg 7
Vitamin B2 0.13 mg 10
Vitamin B3 15.55 mg 97
Vitamin B3 (Niacin Equivalents) 22.39 mg
Vitamin B6 0.68 mg 40
Vitamin B12 0.39 mcg 16
Choline 96.73 mg 23
Folate 4.54 mcg 1
Folate (DFE) 4.54 mcg
Folate (food) 4.54 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 1.09 mg 22
Fat-Soluble Vitamins
Vitamin A (Retinoids and Carotenoids)
Vitamin A International Units (IU) 23.81 IU
Vitamin A mcg Retinol Activity Equivalents (RAE) 6.80 mcg (RAE) 1
Vitamin A mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 0.00 mcg (RE)
Retinol mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 6.80 mcg (RE)
Carotenoid mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 6.80 mcg (RE)
Vitamin D
Vitamin D International Units (IU) 5.67 IU 1
Vitamin D mcg 0.11 mcg
Vitamin E
Vitamin E mg Alpha-Tocopherol Equivalents (ATE) 0.31 mg (ATE) 2
Vitamin E International Units (IU) 0.46 IU
Vitamin E mg 0.31 mg
Vitamin K 0.34 mcg 0
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%)
Boron -- mcg
Calcium 17.01 mg 2
Chromium 0.67 mcg 2
Copper 0.06 mg 7
Iron 1.18 mg 7/td>
Magnesium 32.89 mg 8
Manganese 0.02 mg 1
Phosphorus 258.55 mg 37
Potassium 290.30 mg 6
Selenium 31.30 mcg 37
Sodium 83.91 mg 6
Zinc 1.13 mg 10
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.08 g 3
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 0.74 g
Monounsaturated Fats
16:1 Palmitol 0.17 g
18:1 Oleic 1.18 g
20:1 Eicosenoic 0.03 g
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
18:2 Linoleic 0.67 g
18:3 Linolenic 0.03 g
20:4 Arachidonic 0.07 g
20:5 Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) 0.01 g
22:5 Docosapentaenoic (DPA) 0.01 g
22:6 Docosahexaenoic (DHA) 0.02 g
Saturated Fatty Acids
12:0 Lauric 0.01 g
14:0 Myristic 0.03 g
16:0 Palmitic 0.78 g
17:0 Margaric -- g
18:0 Stearic 0.28 g
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%)
Alanine 1.92 g
Arginine 2.12 g
Aspartic Acid 3.13 g
Cysteine 0.45 g
Glutamic Acid 5.27 g
Glycine 1.73 g
Histidine 1.09 g
Isoleucine 1.86 g
Leucine 2.64 g
Lysine 2.99 g
Methionine 0.97 g
Phenylalanine 1.40 g
Proline 1.45 g
Serine 1.21 g
Threonine 1.49 g
Tryptophan 0.41 g
Tyrosine 1.19 g
Valine 1.75 g

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