• Question: Is chicken/meat important in your diet

    Asked by ilovechicken123 on 22 Jun 2018.
    • Photo: Laurent Dupays

      Laurent Dupays answered on 22 Jun 2018:

      Proteins are very important in your diet and there is quite a lot of them in meat, however you can find some protein in good quantity in plants like lentils or quinoa as well

    • Photo: Leo Beacroft

      Leo Beacroft answered on 22 Jun 2018:

      Chicken and other meats can be a useful source of a number of nutrients, they’re fairly high in protein, and have a number of vitamins and minerals that the body needs. It’s not essential to eat meat though. A vegetarian diet can be healthy too but perhaps you have to be a bit more careful to make sure you get the right nutrients. There can be downsides to a meat-based diet too, especially if you eat too much fatty red meat, it can be quite unhealthy. Basically there are lots of different ways to get a healthy diet, I’m not an expert, but I think generally people recommend getting a balance of different food, including plenty of vegetables, and not eating too much of one thing. Hope this is helpful. Thanks for your question.

    • Photo: Ashley Akbari

      Ashley Akbari answered on 24 Jun 2018:

      Protein is important and can be found in chicken/meat or other sources – a balanced diet can be sourced in many ways and usually depends on what people have available to them and if they have any specific conditions or reasons that they choose to not eat certain types of food.

    • Photo: Claire Donald

      Claire Donald answered on 25 Jun 2018:

      The actual meat itself is not whats important but the nutrients that come from it. Vegans and vegetarians get these proteins from other sources like chickpeas, tofu, beans and lentils. Its more important to have balanced diet with everything in moderation.

    • Photo: Lauren Burns

      Lauren Burns answered on 26 Jun 2018:

      I love eating chicken, but try not to have it too often as I like to mix things up and try to get the same vitamins from a variety of foods. As my fellow researchers have said, it is all about that balance!