If you think that you have maintained healthy just because you choose lean chicken breast instead of beef, recent scientific findings can make you get out of your bubble. It is that the chicken is no longer the lean meat that we all thought.
The Huffington Post reports that genetically modified birds have increased in a 300 percent since 1960, which means that you get to eat birds that have a high content of fat and protein with higher frequency. In other words, the boneless, skinless chicken breast is not as healthy.
“The increasing genetic pressure to improve the rates of growth and performance of the broilers has led to a high incidence of various abnormalities in the breasts during the last 20 years”, reports a study by the World completo Poultry Science Journal in June 2015
These genetic abnormalities not only pose a series of problems related to the rights of animals, but it also means that it is more likely that birds present muscle myopathies known as white stripes and breasts of wood, a condition that now thrives among the birds. The Huffington Post reports a shocking figure where 96 percent of all chickens are affected.
This means that unless you’re raising your chickens, you’re eating bird with this condition.
These muscular conditions are not only bad for birds, but also to all people. They cause necrotic lesions and fibrosis in the flesh, which leads to fat and collagen is developed in the chest as opposed to the muscles, which means that those birds are not very good for your health.
Mostly these conditions affect the quality of the meat, a total content of fat has increased by 224 percent, resulting in an increase of fat from 7 to 22 percent for every 100 grams of breast meat. What does it mean exactly? The percentage of fat content of these birds is similar to the average ground beef.
The Huffington Post reports that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel: big corporations like Starbucks and Chipotle are beginning to engage in partner with HSUS to stop the problem with the help of scientists from the United States.
That said, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) advises that 9 billion chickens a year are bred in the United States, so there is a long way to go.