Is Rotisserie Chicken Good for High Cholesterol? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Rotisserie chicken is both good and bad for high cholesterol. Because it has protein which is good, and saturated fats which can be bad if consumed in excess.

High cholesterol is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In high cholesterol, your body has an excess of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis.

One of the key factors in managing high cholesterol is diet.

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

To effectively manage high cholesterol, you should consume fiber-rich foods like oats, fruits, and vegetables and avoid saturated fat-rich foods like processed meats, full-fat dairy products, and fried foods.

Now, rotisserie chicken is a prepared food.

People usually eat it as a quick and convenient meal option.

Rotisserie chicken is both good and bad for high cholesterol because it contains saturated fats and protein.

If the high cholesterol has several types, this item is good for those who need more protein but bad for those who need to limit saturated fat intake.

A 3-ounce serving of rotisserie chicken can give you approximately 22 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat without the skin, which is about 30% and 10% of your daily needs, respectively.

Saturated fat can negatively affect high cholesterol by raising LDL (bad) cholesterol levelsProtein, on the other hand, is beneficial as it helps in building and repairing tissues and does not impact cholesterol levels.

Furthermore, rotisserie chicken is a source of animal protein and animal protein is good for high cholesterol in moderation.

Because, it provides essential amino acids necessary for bodily functions without necessarily raising cholesterol levels if consumed without the skin.

You can eat a 3-ounce serving of rotisserie chicken per day safely.

More than that can cause an increase in saturated fat intake which can lead to higher LDL cholesterol levels.

Also, you shouldn’t eat rotisserie chicken with the skin if you have high cholesterol to prevent raising your LDL cholesterol levels.

Because the skin contains additional saturated fats.

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

Always choose chicken with no added sugars or excessive sodium. Because these can also impact your heart health.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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

I always recommend my high cholesterol patients to follow a high cholesterol-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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