Chicken or Duck – Which is the Healthier Option?

In order live a healthy life, it is essential to switch over to recipes that has healthier ingredients. There are two different popular poultry options available in meat – chicken and duck. You can easily find either of this type meat in supermarkets and hence their availability is not an issue at all. Also, the recipes that are used for chicken meat work quite well with duck meat too. which one is healthier? To know the answer, let us see closely at both the options.


Most of you are familiar with chicken and you love it too, and whenever you hear about “poultry” item then you think only about “chicken”. There are thousands of chicken recipes from various parts of the world. In fact, even if you just roast it by using open flame, you will end up cooking a tasty meal. Let us see what is the nutritional value of chicken, when you serve 100g of chicken:

  • 1-gram dietary fiber
  • 2% calcium of your recommended daily intake
  • 6% iron of your recommended daily intake
  • 15 g of carbohydrate
  • 15 g of protein
  • 16 g of fat
  • 41 mg of cholesterol
  • 263 calories
  • 451 mg of sodium

Chicken is one of the very good protein sources and as a carb content, it is pretty decent. Also, chicken meat has plenty of different minerals and B-vitamins. It is better to switch from pork or beef to chicken however let us see how it can be compared to duck?


Duck is not so much popular like chicken, but that is not the real issue here. You can also get duck meat at any nearest superstore. Let us see how much nutrients you can get from 100g canards du Lac Brome’s roasted duck recipe (which means roasted Brome Lake ducks)?

  • 0 g of dietary fiber
  • 0 g of carbs
  • 4 g of fat
  • 2% of the recommended daily vitamin A intake
  • 20 g of protein
  • 25% of the daily recommended average iron intake
  • 57 mg of sodium
  • 77 mg of cholesterol
  • 263 calories

Due to less calories and only 25% of fat found in the meat of chicken, duck meat is certainly a better healthy alternative. Hence, duck can be always be considered as a healthier diet than chicken. However, there is one catch – cholesterol found in duck meat is almost twice that of chicken meat. Still, you can safely say that overall duck is healthier than chicken.

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