Chicken hearts, livers and gizzards (often referred to as giblets) are often added to gravies and stuffing, but not commonly used as a main meal ingredient in the US. Most people recognize them as the “stuff” wrapped in plastic stuffed in the cavity of whole poultry. They are mostly protein and fat from a calorie perspective and are quite rich in nutrients. Like any protein or meat source, they probably should not make up the bulk of your calories. However, if you enjoy eating them feel free to incorporate them into your diet.
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- Can I eat too much chicken hearts, livers, or gizzards?
Are canned kipper snacks or canned sardines better for me?
For those who may not know, Kippers are split, smoked, salted herring. Herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. You may want to limit the amount of Kippers if from larger Herring, as they may contribute a greater amount of mercury or PCB's (an environmental contaminant). Sardines are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Since they are much smaller fish, they contribute much less mercury to the diet. So then, which is better? I would say go with the canned sardines. You have a lower exposure to mercury and less salt as well. Throwing in some Kippers once in a while won't be the end of the world though.Helpful? 6 people found this helpful.
What small changes can I make to my diet to improve my health?
Jeremiah Forster, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredGreat post Eric. Yes a singular item removed from your diet can help you to loose a lb a week just by eliminating one item. For instance I know a lot of people that consume 6 sodas or 3 large sodas a day. There is at least 500 calories from soda per day, cut that out alone and there is a lb a week, add some exercise and there is about 2 lbs per week without changing your diet at all.
Same goes for alcohol. If someone has a few beers a day and a number on the weekend, there is a lb a week right there.
I think my advice is similar to Eric. You do not need to drastically change your diet, you need to pick the most caloric, non nutrient dense foods and either eliminate or cut back on those few things. It will make a remarkable difference.
Another important tip is substitute empty foods for nutrient dense foods. For instance substitute juice for whole fruit. Soda for water or non caloric beverages. Canadian Bacon for bacon. I think you get the idea.
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