Chicken feet (also called chicken claws) are not quite popular in most of the European countries nowadays but are very often cooked in such countries as China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. Not everyone dares to try this exotic dish considering what the chickens do with their feet. Even fewer people know about the health benefits that chicken claws offer.
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Most of us are aware that stock from chicken bones helps rally strength and recover from cold-related ails. Amino acids produced when you cook dishes with chicken bones reduce inflammation in breathing organs and improve digestion.
Besides, bone marrow provides oxygen for body cells. Collagen, which level is very high in chicken claws, helps to build the cells in body tissues. The research of one of the universities in Taiwan discovered that the level of naturally produced collagen in chicken feet is almost the same as the amount of collagen that fruits and green vegetables have. The benefits of collagen are much raved about, so we are going to mention just a few of them:
- collagen makes skin and hair look better
- reduces pain in joints and their degeneration
- boosts metabolism
- protects the heart health
- supports healthy gut
- helps to get rid of cellulite and keep stretch marks at bay
Money Saving on Expensive Vitamins
The chicken claws are made of bones, tendons, and skin. The nutrients that the human body needs so much are abundant in chicken claws. Consuming the chicken feet regularly provides your body with such minerals as magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Besides, they are rich in many vitamins such as РР, К, Е, В12, В9, В6, В2, В1, А.
The health benefits of the chicken claws were first discovered by the Japanese scientists. Apart from the miraculous cold curing properties of the chicken soup, they have found out that due to the main ingredients of such soup – chicken feet and legs, blood pressure can also be lowered. Here we should thank collagen again. During tests scientists discovered that it acts as an ACE inhibitor widening arteries to treat HTN (arterial hypertension).
The researches have also found out that chicken feet have chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine that are usually sold as quite expensive supplements used to lessen pain in joints and inflammation. So, if you have some type of arthritis, the chicken claws might help just as well.
Just Try Them
Lots of recipes of chicken feet can be found in Internet. There is no longer need to burn the feet above the gas stove burners to get rid of the remaining feathers. Though it could have been much fun, of course, couldn’t it? Nowadays everything is bought “ready-to-be-cooked”, so this step can be skipped actually. The variety of the recipes is impressive, but in the most popular recipes you use honey, soy sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. So, it’s time you put your doubts aside, and went for chicken claws yourself. Seeing is believing!
Despite all the benefits of the chicken claws, they can do some damage to your system especially if not cooked at safe temperatures (above 70 0C at least). The chicken feet are not very suitable for small children as they contain many small bones that a child can swallow. One shouldn’t overindulge chicken claws as well as any other food, because they contain quite a big amount of animal fat.