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Dr. Oz Reveals Problem with Rotisserie Chicken in the Store

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Which is better for you--rotisserie or baked chicken?

Is rotisserie chicken in the store as healthy as home-baked chicken for those of us who are trying to lose weight? Here’s one problem Dr. Oz has with rotisserie chicken in the store that is also a problem with many baby and toddler foods.


You’ve been told to switch to lean meats for better health and to lose weight and so you’ve added more chicken to your diet. But what about those moist, tender rotisserie chickens with succulent juices dripping from the racks in your local grocery store that you buy on a whim when time is short and your family is waiting for dinner—is that chicken as healthy as one roasted at home?

This was a question posted in a recent issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life in the “Ask Dr. Oz Anything” column that gave this surprising answer:

“I get why you’d think the moist, tender birds from a store are dripping with bad-for-you stuff. But they’re not all that different from homemade. One exception: The rotisserie kind is often far higher in sodium, packing about three times as much as home-roasted. Three ounces of breast meat with skin—a serving about the size of your palm—can deliver 300 to 350 mg. (Aim for less than 2,300 mg a day―Special Note: See why this recommended sodium number might be wrong.)

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Removing the skin doesn’t change the count, because almost all the sodium is in the meat itself. Many birds are marinated in or injected with a saltwater solution that pumps up flavor and moisture. (Some packaged parts are too; you’ll see broth or salt on the ingredients list.) So when you have these, just stay away from salty sides.”

For more food facts, here is one that answers the question of which is actually better for you—turkey or chicken?

Reference: Dr. Oz The Good Life June 2016

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