Chicken has long been considered a healthy alternative to red meat. And it is indeed low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper. However, there is a widely-held misconception that chicken and other poultry meats have been shown to improve health. The truth is, it's quite neutral overall.