Is Rotisserie Chicken Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Rotisserie chicken is not very good for high blood pressure. Because it has sodium and saturated fat and they can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease.

High blood pressure is a condition that affects your arteries, which are the vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body.

In high blood pressure, your body has a higher than normal force of blood pushing against the artery walls.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and vision loss.

One of the key factors in managing high blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood pressure, which can impact your high blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage high blood pressure, you should consume potassium, calcium, magnesium, and fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.

And avoid sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar-rich foods like processed meats, canned foods, baked goods, and soft drinks.

Now, rotisserie chicken is a type of cooked chicken that is seasoned and roasted on a rotating spit.

People usually buy it from grocery stores or restaurants as a convenient and ready-to-eat meal.

Rotisserie chicken is not very good for high blood pressure because it contains a lot of sodium and saturated fat.

Sodium can raise your blood pressure by making your body retain more fluid and putting more strain on your arteries.

Saturated fat can increase your cholesterol levels and clog your arteries, which can also raise your blood pressure.

Three ounces of rotisserie chicken can give you about 181 calories, 22 grams of protein, 10 grams of fat (3 grams of saturated fat), and 331 milligrams of sodium.

That’s about 14% of your daily sodium limit if you have high blood pressure.

Sodium can negatively affect high blood pressure by increasing your blood volume and pressure.

Protein can positively affect high blood pressure by helping your body repair and maintain your tissues and organs.

Fat can negatively affect high blood pressure by increasing your cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease.

Saturated fat can have a more harmful effect than unsaturated fat.

Furthermore, rotisserie chicken is a type of animal protein and animal protein is not very good for high blood pressure.

Because, animal protein tends to be higher in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol than plant protein, which can worsen your blood pressure and heart health.

That’s why I suggest you limit your rotisserie chicken intake to avoid raising your blood pressure and damaging your arteries.

Stick to no more than one serving (3 ounces) of rotisserie chicken per week to minimize the negative effects of sodium and saturated fat.

Also, you shouldn’t eat rotisserie chicken if you have or are suffering from kidney disease to prevent worsening your kidney function.

Because, rotisserie chicken is high in protein and sodium, which can put more stress on your kidneys and cause them to work harder to filter your blood.

You can buy fresh chicken in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose skinless, lean cuts of chicken, such as breast or thigh.

Because, chicken skin and dark meat are higher in fat and calories than chicken without skin and white meat.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two days or in the freezer for up to nine months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing high blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my high blood pressure patients to follow a high blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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