Should I eat the skin on my whole roasted chicken or chicken legs?
If they're pastured*, yes?
If they're CAFO, no?
Or always no?
I'm especially concerned about omega 6.
*I understand that it's rare to find fully pastured chickens.
Chicken tastes pretty bad without the skin; if you're going to eat it, you may as well make it enjoyable. If you're eating pastured ruminant flesh the rest of the week, it's not really a big deal.
I don't think that eating the skin from any kind of chicken occasionally would be particularly detrimental. You could take the route of eating the chicken and then perhaps taking a spoon or two of cod-liver oil to balance things out slightly? It depends really...certainly there are better things you could be eating (yummy ruminants!) but every now and then it shouldn't cause you any problems to eat something like this.
Striving for optimal all the time is good but realistically speaking probably not that easy! Don't sweat the small stuff so much and enjoy your yummy chicken skin ;-).
I'm pretty sure Grok ate birds. And I bet he didn't toss the tastiest part (skin) back into the fire pit! :)
It's all about balance, right? We've all known people out there who will ONLY eat boneless, skinless chicken breast. Yuck! Might as well be eating cardboard! Those people are WAY out of balance and would consume a lion's share of n6 PUFA in their steady-chicken diet.
I agree with the posters who say "don't sweat it" if you take care to add n3 and mix up your proteins with ruminants, etc.
meh... it's chicken. eat it. but just make sure that you're getting sufficient omega3 in your diet. personally, i don't supplement (well.. unless you count FCLO as an omega3 supp).
i just make sure i get natural sources throughout the week, perticularly wild caught canned sardines/salmon, pasture butter, pastured eggs, grass fed ghee.
chris kresser posted an article a few weeks ago discussing the o6 content of chicken, and it started a flurry of comments. good points were made from both sides, but at this point, all paleo folk 'in the know' understand that a diet heavily unbalanced with too much o6 causes a myriad of health problems. if you stay away from vegetable oils and eat lots of pastured foods and some wild fish, i think you're fine to eat some chicken and nuts. i will continue to do just that.
edit: oh sorry but i forgot to add that Tropical Traditions has fully pastured chickens, but good lord it is expensive! i seriously do not know how people can afford to order that, but anyway, if you can, they have it.
I have looked into this, and if you are concerned about omega 6/3 balance, the answer is a resounding NO. To my knowledge, "pastured" only means that they are let outside but are still fed by the growers with unspecified chicken feed (which most likely means they are fed corn and soy, which will result in skyrocketing omega 6 values in the chicken fat, not to mention phytoestrogen accumulation from the soy feed). I would only eat lean chicken breast, and you can see the omega 6 values below:
Of course, you could always have cheat days when you treat yourself to some crispy chicken skin.
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