When asked if you’d like to add a protein to your salad, the answer seems like a no-brainer. Protein reigns king these days, whether you’re trying to lose weight or eat healthier. However, we may be overdoing it thanks to clever marketing schemes, say experts, especially with chicken being deemed the ‘healthiest’ protein of them all.

According to ‘The Guardian,’ chicken accounts for almost half of all meat intake in the U.S. and is expected to account for half of the increase in global meat production over the next decade. The demand has experts concerned about environmental impacts as well as pressure to cloister animals into tighter spaces, which has spurred poultry endemics like avian flu and salmonella. “There is this perception that protein is good for your health, but I am not sure where that has come from,” says Modi Mwatsama, director of global health at the UK Health Forum. “It’s certainly a good marketing ploy.” the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that adults should consume 50g of protein a day.

So Instead of making chicken your sole protein, we suggest incorporating vegetarian proteins such as buckwheat, lentils and chickpeas. Do you think you’ve been too focused on chicken? What other proteins would you suggest? Tell us in the comments!



The Guardian: The Protein Problem: Why Eating Too Much Chicken Might Not Help Your Die