Chicken is a staple of the diet for people around the world. It’s easy to cook, doesn’t cost too much, and is relatively healthy. But there is one thing that can cause chicken meat to be a lot more unhealthy, and chances are you have no idea what it means. You may have bought chicken recently that had white lines across it, like reverse zebra stripes.
For the most part, chickens are still raised in “factory” settings. This means that they are rushed down the production line, sometimes taking only 40 days from its time in the egg until it reaches your hungry stomach.
These modern developments have allowed us to “produce” more chicken than ever before. Thanks to environmentalists and animal rights activists, there are also options to purchase chicken to eat that has never seen the factory. While things are improving, there is still a long way to go when it comes to fixing the meat industry.
One side effect of the rapid growth of modern chickens are these white lines. They are made of fat that somehow squirms its way into the chicken’s muscle.
Food Unwrapped recently investigated the effects of this phenomenon. They invited Massimiliano Petracci, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Bologna to co-present and explain exactly why these white lines appear in store-bought chicken.
“You can see that there are white cells – that means these are a deposit, so the fat has accumulated inside,” he explained while peering through a large microscope at the lukewarm raw chicken. “In normal meat, the percentage is around 1 percent, while in white striping the fat content is 2 or 2.5 percent.”
While a 1 to 1.5 percent increase in fat doesn’t seem like much, it’s more than double the typical amount in chicken. This is a crucial difference that everybody should be aware of, especially for a meat that is widely known for its low-fat nature,
“This kind of abnormality is associated with growth rate, and it’s related to the genetic background of the bird,” he continued. ”
When comparing the fat contents of meat, chicken is definitely king. But if you don’t watch out for these white stripes, you could be eating twice as much fat as you think!
Along with grass-fed beef and sustainable fish, organic chicken is one of the best types of meat you can choose to put in your body. It can definitely be more expensive, but it’s worth it in the end.
According to Good Housekeeping, “Chicken contains some of the highest levels of any meat. Protein protects you against obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and it can dull hunger and prevent you from overeating.”
“This is what you get when you have to feed 7 BILLION people on this overcrowded planet,” TygerTiger commented on the Daily Mail article. “Artificially grown food, bred in sadness, filth, and despair.”
‘What a load of trash. If that’s all I have to worry about, I’ll be happy,” Wendyquay added from the UK.
Have you ever experienced white chicken striping?
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