In fact, many people actively choose to eat chicken over red meat because they believe it’s healthier. It is very popular because of its lower price than most pork or beef, ease of preparation, availability of convenience products, lack of religious constraints, and particularly for its recognized health benefits.
But as a result of changing practices in poultry farming, it turns out chicken is no longer as good for us as it once was.
WHAT ARE THOSE WHITE STRIPES ON CHICKEN BREASTS?
According to The Italian Journal of Animal Science, there is an increasing of what’s called “white-striping” in conventionally-grown chicken breasts. This is a defect in which white striations appear parallel to the muscle fibers, and result in a drastic change in the nutritional quality of the meat.
White-stripping lowers the protein content of chicken breast while increasing the fat content by up to 224%.
However, the exact reason of this poultry epidemic is not known, it is likely a result of the intense genetic selection towards increased growth rate and breast size of conventional chickens, connected with the conditions in which they are raised and the diets that they are fed.
Problems with Conventional Poultry
- Living Conditions
A new video by Compassion in World Farming has been released, aiming to educate the public about ‘white striping’ in chicken.