Four ounces of skinless, boneless chicken breast contains almost 35 grams of high quality protein. Chicken is also a wonderful source of niacin, a B vitamin that is so important in energy metabolism and in biochemical functions needed to maintain healthy skin, and a properly functioning gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.

One large, six ounce chicken breast is even more loaded. Not only does it contain more potassium than a medium banana, but it has 53 grams of protein. Skinless, dark meat contains somewhat more calories and fat, and when you add the skin, you are now increasing the fat and caloric content. Nutritionally, turkey is fairly similar to chicken.

Chicken and turkey also contain high amounts of selenium, which I consider to be one of the single most important nutrients in the human diet. Selenium is a trace mineral and a powerful antioxidant. Studies have clearly indicated that low dietary intake of selenium is associated with increased incidence of several cancers, including lung, colorectal, skin and prostate cancers.

I personally prefer free range and organic chicken and turkey, for the simple fact that they are free of toxins, antibiotics, steroids, pesticides and growth hormones which are used in factory farming.