Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:51 am

One of the very few time chicken lovers all agree that the chicken skin is the best part of the chicken, is when it has been battered and deep-fried…

The rest of the time some people are unsure whether the chicken skin poses a health risk when eaten.

According to Livestrong, the only time it is unhealthy to eat even a controlled amount of chicken skin is when it is at its tastiest: battered and deep-fried.

According to Dr. Walter Willett and Amy Myrdal Miller in an article published on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s website, “Chicken skin has had a bad rap for being high in fat. But most of the fat in chicken skin is healthy, unsaturated fat—and cooking with the skin keeps the chicken flavourful and moist, so you don’t need to add as much salt or use a breaded coating.”

What is unsaturated fat?

Unsaturated fats are fats that are liquid at room temperature. These fats among other differences are not as harmful to your cardiovascular health as saturated fats which contribute to high cholesterol. 

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Although chicken skin has more unsaturated fats than saturated fats, eating large amounts of chicken skin could still affect your cardiovascular health. 

Will chicken skin make me fat? 

Although chicken skin contains has more fat than other parts of your chicken, it only adds a few more calories. 

Chicken is not all fat, most of the fat is between the chicken skin and the meat, it melts and naturally bastes the meat as it cooks. 

If the reason you aren’t eating chicken skin is because of the fat, the best way to avoid this is to remove the skin before cooking which may mean dry chicken. 

 

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