A 105-gram roasted chicken drumstick with the skin on contains 195 calories,16 percent of the daily value of fat, 14 percent of the DV of saturated fat, 5 percent of the DV of sodium and no fiber or carbohydrates.
The same serving of chicken drumsticks offers 47 percent of the DV of protein. When your body metabolizes protein, it breaks it down into amino acids. Of the 21 amino acids that your body needs to thrive, it can produce 12 of them on its own. The other nine, known as essential amino acids, must come from dietary sources. Essential amino acids play vital roles in cell creation and repair, metabolism and proper growth and development during prenatal, childhood and adolescent stages. Chicken drumsticks offer significant amounts of five of the essential amino acids and smaller amounts of the other four.
A 105-gram serving of chicken drumsticks contains 45 percent of the DV of cholesterol. While your body needs cholesterol to manufacture cell membranes and some hormones, your liver supplies all the cholesterol you need. High dietary cholesterol intake has been linked to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is linked to 75 percent of cardiac-related deaths in the U.S., and 80 to 90 percent of Americans over the age of 30 show signs of the disease. Atherosclerosis can also cause chest pain and increase your risk for strokes.
A serving of roasted chicken drumsticks provides 40 percent of the adult female recommended dietary allowance for niacin and 35 percent of the adult male RDA. Niacin helps your body metabolize foods and maintain healthy appetite and skin and nerve cells. A serving supplies 31 percent of the adult RDA for vitamin B-6. Vitamin B-6 is essential for protein metabolism and absorption and red blood formation. It also helps your body use fat. A drumstick also offers 23 percent of the adult RDA for pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid aids in energy production and the creation of certain hormones.
Just 105 grams of roasted chicken drumsticks contains 49 percent of the adult RDA for selenium. Selenium is a dietary mineral that your body needs in only small amounts, but that still plays important roles in your health. When your body metabolizes selenium, it combines with protein to make selenoproteins, powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent heart disease and cancer by repairing the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Selenium also plays a role in healthy thyroid and immune functions. A roasted chicken drumstick also offers 30 percent of the adult female RDA for zinc and 21 percent of the adult male RDA. Zinc is essential to protein and DNA synthesis, immune function, wound healing, cell division and your senses of taste and smell. It also helps promote fetal, childhood and adolescent growth and development.
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