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    I have always eaten skinless chicken breast, thinking that of course it is prudent to remove the skin and all that extra fat. The other night, I picked up a rotisserie chicken and went ahead and ate the skin without removing it from the pieces I carved. I figured this was likely more of the Primal approach so I went for it. And I surely was sated afterwards! However, insomuch as that DOES add a significant amount of more calories, should I not do it (in the future) for weight loss?

    It felt good though, was a relief, and gave me a glimmer of hope after I finsihed reading The Primal Blueprint, how I wouldn't need to concern myself with calorie counting and maybe even being able to up my fats a bit. But did I take it too far? By the way, I LOVE the skin on a chicken!

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    Eat the skin.

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    • #3
      If you need to ask that, I suggest re-reading the book...
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      • #4
        Ok Primal Fist, I getcha. Touche. I kinda second guessed myself a bit there.

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          Enjoy!
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          • #6
            That was a little bristly, forgive me. Eat the skin and enjoy it. If you're not eating bread/cakes/pasta etc etc, it will make no difference, save for the effect on your taste buds.
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            • #7
              Yes you can eat the skin, but you should only do it if you want the chicken breast to taste real good!

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              • #8
                I don't know . . . I would have said yes along with everyone else, but there have been a number of discussions recently (I'm forgetting exactly on whch blog or forum) about how unbelievably high in Omega 6 chicken is -- and of course the skin has more fat than any other part. It seems like some people are beginning to question whether we should even eat chicken at all very often. That feels like too extreme a position for me (eat meat, vegetables, etc., but now we're supposed to only eat some kinds of meat?? -- that's getting awfully restrictive). But I'm at least considering that limiting skin and eating more largely fat-free chicken breasts (with safe fat added) might not be a good idea.

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                • #9
                  I have read many places that the rotisserie chickens are the store are injected w/a sugar solution and/or rubbed with seasoning containing sugar. It would not surprise me in the least. So I 'd think the chicken skin you prepare yourself would be a much safer bet, primally speaking. I roasted one yesterday and rubbed a mixture of pastured butter, chopped rosemary , sea salt and cracked pepper in the bird and under the skin. Heaven.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by girlsgotrhythm View Post
                    I have always eaten skinless chicken breast, thinking that of course it is prudent to remove the skin and all that extra fat. The other night, I picked up a rotisserie chicken and went ahead and ate the skin without removing it from the pieces I carved. I figured this was likely more of the Primal approach so I went for it. And I surely was sated afterwards! However, insomuch as that DOES add a significant amount of more calories, should I not do it (in the future) for weight loss?

                    It felt good though, was a relief, and gave me a glimmer of hope after I finsihed reading The Primal Blueprint, how I wouldn't need to concern myself with calorie counting and maybe even being able to up my fats a bit. But did I take it too far? By the way, I LOVE the skin on a chicken!
                    *headdesk* Have you read Mark's book? Have you read the "for newbies" sticky thread here on the forums? Calories are not the issue. The type of calories you're eating are the issue.

                    EAT THE FAT. EAT THE SKIN (as long as you haven't breaded it!). They are good for you. You will lose more weight eating enough fat (including chicken skin) than you will trying to choke down dry, skinless chicken breast.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Primal Fist View Post
                      If you need to ask that, I suggest re-reading the book...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PrairieProf View Post
                        I don't know . . . I would have said yes along with everyone else, but there have been a number of discussions recently (I'm forgetting exactly on whch blog or forum) about how unbelievably high in Omega 6 chicken is -- and of course the skin has more fat than any other part.
                        we don't know if they were looking at conventionally raised chickens or free-range, bug-eating chickens. so maybe getting sustainably-raised/ bug-eating chickens would be the safest option. i'm a little confused about fats, but i know that not all omega 6 fats are bad. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is very beneficial for you (it's found in grass-fed meat, and milk products from grass-fed cows), and it's an omega 6, trans-saturated fat. so i also have to question WHAT KINDs of omega 6 fat chicken contains, and if these are harmful or not. unfortunately, i don't have the answers to those questions.
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                        • #13
                          I saw a couple of blogs last week touch on the omega 6 content of chicken, basically saying don't eat chicken, just ruminants. This makes my head spin. They did not address factory vs pastured, except by saying factory is bad, duh. But I am not going to stop eating dark meat chicken with skin. I just don't think skinless breasts have any merit at all. I'll keep up my fish oil, and consider that whatever I'm doing is better than anything I ever used to do.

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                          • #14
                            In an ideal world I would say ye, eat the skin. But if you are worried about your n-3/n-6 ratio then maybe you should avoid it.
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                            • #15
                              I would assume that pastured poultry should be absolutely fine, although I haven't seen nutritional info for it.

                              The skin of conventionally-raised chickens is very high in Omega-6. Even if it's not fried in vegetable oil, it may as well have been.

                              I wouldn't say not to eat it. But don't eat it every day; and when you do eat it, supplement with fish oil.

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