Over the next two weeks, Americans will consume over 3 billion pounds of chicken wings. Okay, I just made that up. But it’s a fact that Super Bowl week is for sure the biggest wing week of the year for restaurants and grocery stores in the United States.
While I’m no health and wellness advocate (I could personally live forever on wings, ribeye steaks, carbs, and alcohol) there are actual experts who tout the health benefits of chicken wings.
For starters - and for you keto people - wings have almost no carbs and contain high levels of protein. They contain iron and calcium, both important minerals for your diet, and also provide above-average amounts of vitamins A, E, D, and K, which probably played a key role in helping the Wingaddicts avoid the covid all year while visiting 100 restaurants!
The absolute healthiest way to cook wings would be to grill, oven-roast, or (better yet) use an air fryer. In 2020 air fryer sales, which were already high at over $1 billion globally, skyrocketed even further with people stuck at home. Using an air fryer cuts way down on fat and calories where your wings are concerned. In fact, Ariana Cucuzza, RD, says that most people reduce their calorie intake by 70-80% on average by using an air fryer. Hmmm. I have one!
If healthy wings are your goal, removing the skin will reduce the fat content even further and using dry rubs, which have also become more popular, will add to the sodium content but keep the fat and carbs away. You'd be shocked at the number of dry rubs on the market lately.
If you’re like most Wingaddicts, though, and don’t waste any time worrying or depriving yourself of the glory of sauces and bleu cheese, then you can still feel great knowing that (according to EU Poultry) the nutrients in chicken wings (no matter how you eat them) may help ease the symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, and gout, while potentially helping to treat depression, improving skin health, increasing immunity, and more. I feel like Superman just writing this paragraph!
According to a recent study, the average person consumes 300 chicken wings per year. Since Wingaddicts aren’t average, I guess that statistic doesn’t matter. Besides, another recent study found that 87% of statistics are made up on the spot! (Insert Tommy emoji, laughing at my own jokes again!)
Here’s to your health, wealth, and happiness in 2021! And whether you’re rooting for the Chiefs or the Buccaneers, you’re neutral, or you don’t care a lick about the Super Bowl (or American football for that matter) please be sure to do what you can to help support your favorite restaurants.
Take the #wingaddictschallenge!
* PS; None of these claims have been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases. If your wing elation lasts longer than four hours you should immediately contact your physician. This is completely unnecessary but I thought this blog would seem more serious with a disclaimer at the bottom. Another stupid Tommy joke!