Eat at an Indian or Thai restaurant, and you might find green curry chicken on the menu. This dish combines chunks of chicken and aromatic vegetables with a broth of coconut milk, chicken stock and green curry paste. This dish is high in fat, but its nutritional value makes it a good option for increasing vitamin, mineral and protein intake.
Calories and Fat
The number calories in a serving of green curry chicken -- 395 per serving -- make this dish a good option for your meal plan. Men and women need different quantities of calories to meet their nutritional goals, but the typical diet includes 300 to 600 calories per meal. Despite this, green curry chicken is quite high in fat and may not be appropriate for all diets. One serving contains 27 total grams of fat, 14 grams of which is saturated.
Carbohydrates and Fiber
One serving of green curry chicken has 22 grams of carbohydrates. This macronutrient supplies energy, and it also plays a vital role in central nervous system function. You also get 9 grams of fiber, which influences bowel health and controls blood sugar spikes. Include 130 grams of carbs and 25 to 38 grams of fiber in your diet each day.
Green curry chicken is a good source of protein. One serving of this dish provides 28 grams of this macronutrient, primarily from the chicken. Protein is important for improving the action of your immune system, but it also gets used for energy if you don't have enough carbohydrates for the job. Eat 46 to 56 grams of protein daily.
Eat green curry chicken, and you satisfy the majority of your iron needs for the day. One serving contains 61 percent of the daily recommended intake of this mineral if you follow a 2,000-calorie diet. Adults need iron to ward off anemia, a condition that leaves you feeling tired, but pregnant women have a particular need for iron as they require enough of it for two people. A study featured in the July 2011 issue of "The Journal of Nutrition" investigated the effects of iron deficiency during pregnancy in animal models and discovered it may negatively influence hearing in offspring. Additional research is needed to confirm this finding in humans.
One serving of green curry chicken provides 31 percent of the vitamin A you need each day. Vitamin A slows the growth of many eye conditions and diseases, including Stargardt's disease and macular degeneration. Not getting enough vitamin A contributes to corneal ulcers.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- MyFitnessPal: Thailand Restaurant - Green Curry (Chicken)
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- MayoClinic.com; Dietary Fiber: Essential For a Healthy Diet; November 2009
- Institute of Medicine: Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Iron; June 2009
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- All About Nutrition; Vitamin A and Beta Carotene: Eye Benefits; G. Heiting, OD; June 2011