Food, Health and Nutrition: Where Does Chicken Fit?
Our consumer research suggests that most people are well aware that chicken is a very lean (low in fat) meat. In fact, many would regard chicken breast as the benchmark for lean meat. What is less well known is that chicken is also packed with a broad range of vitamins and minerals which makes it an ideal nutritional package. Combined with the consistency, affordability, versatility and ease of preparation, chicken is the ideal meat for today’s consumers.
This feature allows for easy and convenient comparison of the nutritional composition of a range of cuts of chicken, beef and veal, lamb and pork. At any one time, up to three different meat cuts can be specified by selection through the drop-down menus.
All results are based on a 100 gram sample of the selected meat cuts
Sources of Data:
The data used for the comparisons is extracted from;
FSANZ Food Composition Database which can be accessed in full at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/afcd/Pages/default.aspx
NHRMC Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand Including Recommended Dietary Intakes which can be accessed at https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/sites/default/files/images/nutrient-refererence-dietary-intakes.pdf or the executive summary at https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/nutrient-reference-values-australia-and-new-zealand-including-recommended-dietary-intakes
Assumptions and Notes:
There are limitations associated with food composition databases. Nutrient data may represent an average of the nutrient content of a particular sample of foods and ingredients, determined at a particular time. The nutrient composition of foods and ingredients can vary substantially between batches and brands because of a number of factors, including changes in season, changes in formulation, processing practices and ingredient source. While most of the data contained in the FSANZ Food Composition Database are generated from analysed values, some of the data are borrowed from overseas food composition tables; supplied by the food industry; taken from food labels; imputed from similar foods; or calculated using a recipe approach.
The ACMF RDI% data was updated in August 2019 to coincide with the newly released NHMRC nutrient reference material for dietary intakes. For further details on how certain data was extracted from the NHMRC reference material please read more here.
Important Sources of Advice on Dietary Requirements of Australians
- Recommended dietary daily intakes: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/australian-dietary-guidelines-recommended-daily-intakes
- National dietary guidelines: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/
- Calculating your daily nutrient requirements for energy and other nutrients: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/eat-health-calculators