Q: Is rotisserie chicken from the grocery store as healthy as roast chicken you'd make yourself?
Oz Says: I get why you'd think the moist, tender birds from a store are dripping with bad-for-you stuff. But they're not all that different from homemade. One exception: The rotisserie kind is often far higher in sodium, packing about three times as much as home-roasted. Three ounces of breast meat with skin — a serving about the size of your palm — can deliver 300 to 350 mg. (Aim for less than 2,300 mg a day.)
Removing the skin doesn't change the count, because almost all the sodium is in the meat itself. Many birds are marinated in or injected with a saltwater solution that pumps up flavor and moisture. (Some packaged parts are too; you'll see broth or salt on the ingredients list.) So when you have these, just stay away from salty sides.
This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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