There’s nothing worse than learning that the food that you may have thought was healthy for you is actually anything but! Case in point: boneless, skinless chicken breast. Theoretically speaking, the white meat shouldn’t be harmful to you, but new findings have shown that its health benefits can vary greatly from piece to piece.
Interestingly, unhealthy versions of this culinary staple are easy enough to decipher on your own. The suspect pieces look normal enough at first glance, but when examined further, you will be able to see white lines on the surface of the meat. The levels of severity are illustrated below:
According to a study published in Poultry Science, packaged chicken breasts have been popping up with white stripes in recent years because, simply put, chickens are being grown larger these days.
The unsightly white lines, or ‘white striation’ as they are called, are associated with birds that have high levels of fat content. In other words, these are chickens that are considered to be overweight or obese. We bet you didn’t know that even hens need to diet sometimes!
But, all jokes aside, this phenomenon could be contributing to our own weight problems. Many opt for eating boneless skinless chicken breast because it is one of the healthiest meats around. Nevertheless, as our demand has grown for this food, consumers have put pressure on the companies that produce the poultry.
As orders for chicken breasts continue to soar, these companies have had to compete with one another. Their response has been quite the controversial one—grow larger chickens and sell them at low prices.
And it’s no secret that many out there have been busted for overfeeding their chickens, housing them in substandard conditions, or even adding hormones to their diets in order to bulk them up. Poor little guys!
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