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White Meat vs. Dark Meat: Which Is Healthier?

Gaby McPherson, M.S., RDN, LDN

Jan 31, 2024

Chicken is the most popular poultry meat in the world, making up over 90% of global poultry meat production.

However, there’s often great debate over which parts of the bird are better for you. Athletes and those limiting saturated fat may plan their plates around lean white meat cuts, while others may prefer their protein come from moister chicken pieces that supply darker, more flavorful meat. This may leave you thinking that white meat is healthier than dark meat, but is this actually true? We compared the nutrition facts and considerations for each chicken type to find out which is the best.

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