Do People Eat Chicken Feet?
Eating chicken feet may sound gross to you, but it is a delicacy with the Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Korean.
But they are not the only ones. Even non-Asians are eating chicken feet. The Jamaican, South African, Trinidadian, and South American have their own versions of chicken feet recipes.
What is so special about chicken feet?
Some say the reason people eat chicken feet is to avoid wasting any edible parts of the chicken. This could be true as most ethnic groups that ate chicken feet were traditionally from the lower income groups.
Others say chicken feet are good for health.
Chicken Feet for Clear Complexion
One of the positive, health-related benefits of eating chicken feet is a good, clear complexion. Research by the Department of Animal Science of National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan showed that chicken feet contained a lot of collagen. Collagen, as you know is the ingredient for youthful-looking skin.
Chicken Feet and Collagen
The research at this Taiwanese University also confirmed chicken feet are good alternative sources for collagen. The usual sources for collagen are from bovine, pig and marine fish. But the production cost from these sources is very expensive.
It is not only rich in collagen, but also a good source of hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate. Hyaluronic acid is touted as the fountain of youth i.e. it can prevent the effects of aging. Chondroitin sulfate is good for osteoarthritis, hence good for people with joint problems.
What are Collagen and What Are Its Benefits?
Collagen can simply be described as a protein that acts as a glue that ‘holds our body together’. The benefits are not only for the skin but also for the heart and can even improve athletic performance. Other benefits of taking collagen are:
-Healthier and younger looking skin
-Rich in calcium and protein, without the carbohydrates
-Improves blood supply by strengthening the blood vessels
-Assist the body in metabolizing fats, therefore good for weight loss
-Slows the effect of arthritis
-Reduce pain and swelling (inflammation)
Most collagen, or collagen supplements, are expensive. So, why should you pay so much when you can have a cheap or almost free alternative?
Use chicken feet in your soups, broths, and cooking to enjoy the benefits of collagen.
Drink Ingestible Collagens for Smoother and Firmer Skin?
For centuries, Asians have been taking certain foods and drinks to keep their complexion glowing. Now, beauty and pharmaceutical companies have started marketing beauty-from-within products and this includes collagen drinks.
Do they work?
Dr. Stefanie Williams, a dermatologist & medical director of European Dermatology London, says that some collagen drinks actually live up to their claims of providing better-looking skin.
Do you want to try?
Beauty Product That Uses Chicken Feet
BioCell Collagen, an American product that promotes younger-looking skin and active joints, makes their collagen peptide complex from chicken feet cartilage.
I have not tried this product yet but based on Amazon.com reviews by users, 67% gave it a 5-star rating and 5% gave a 1-star rating. This is from 392 reviewers.
Click on the Amazon advertisement (on the right) to read detail comments from these users.
Chicken Cartilage for Arthritis
Chicken feet consists of bones, skin, and tendons, but no muscles. These are packed with protein, calcium, collagen, and cartilage that are easily absorbed by the body. These are the essential nutrients required for good joint movement to minimize arthritis and joint pain.
Instead of buying supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin, use chicken feet in your soup or broth and enjoy a cheaper option for joint health.
This is why Chinese martial art experts like chicken feet so much!