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Every experienced Costco shopper always leaves the wholesale store with two things: a belly full of samples and a Kirkland-brand rotisserie chicken in hand.
Always seasoned to perfection and with a $5 price tag, it’s no surprise that this product is a fan favorite from the retail chain.
But is the seemingly addicting bird bad for your health?
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Dr. Oz teamed up with food journalist Mark Schatzker to find out the truth behind Costco’s famous chicken. Schatzker explained that rotisserie chicken is usually processed, meaning the meat is “pre-seasoned in factories” and then sent off to supermarkets to be cooked by employees.
A quick glance at the list of ingredients reveals that the tender meat often contains sodium, sugar, and even modified corn starch. Furthermore, the skin is usually flavored with MSG and more sugar — which explains why we can never seem to take just one bite.
But Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute says concerns for processing or additives are unfounded in this case. “Rotisserie chicken is a lower sodium, affordable way to consume lean protein — and it’s one of the best things you can buy at Costo (and other retailers of its kind!),” says London. “The ingredients used are all safe, thoroughly evaluated by the FDA,and the product overall provides far more nutritional benefits than it does raise any cause for concern. Dig in!”
So, there you have it — looks like it’s safe to keep snacking on your favorite rotisserie chicken.