I originally entitled this post, 5 weird facts about chicken, but I have written so many “weird facts” blog posts that I decided to take the poison route. Typical Supermarket Poultry isn’t as healthful as you think.
- THE FIRST LIE:
Chicken has Less Cholesterol than Red Meat
Chicken contains the same amount of cholesterol as a pork chop. Did you also know that chicken contains more cholesterol than lean ground beef?
Every time you consume 100 milligrams cholesterol you push your bad cholesterol up 5 points. Unlike fat, cholesterol concentrates in the lean part of the meat.
Like dirt and crud in a pipe, bad cholesterol plugs up the arteries and veins and can lead to stroke or heart attack.
- THE SECOND LIE
Chicken Nuggets Are White
The chicken carcasses churn through metal machines, which de-bone, and then ground-down the muscle, ligaments, and tendons into this disgusting PINK SLIME. The slime is then bleached–to fake the white color that we all associate with cooked chicken. Of course, McDonalds and fast food producers don’t stop there, they also add a host of toxic chemicals which, re-flavor, preserve, and help the “meat” hold its unholy shape.
- THE THIRD LIE
CHICKEN IS LOW SODIUM
In the poultry industry, most raw chicken is injected with saltwater solutions. There are no regulations for the amounts of sodium used in saltwater plumping. As a result, it’s difficult to know how much extra sodium has been added to a cut of meat.
A raw chicken breast naturally contains as little as 50 to 75mg of sodium per 4-ounce serving. But saltwater plumped chickens contain well over 400mg of sodium per serving!
Why you should care about too much sodium.
When your kidneys can’t get rid of excess sodium, they dump it into your blood stream. This cranks up blood volume because the extra sodium becomes magnetic, sticking to water. Not only does this raise your blood pressure, but it also forces your heart to work even harder to pump the slushy blood through your vessels, straining your arteries and organs.
- LIE NUMBER FOUR
Can’t Catch Avian Flu from Chicken Meat
Both the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization say that if the avian flu virus spreads to the United States, you could catch just by eating food prepared on the same cutting board as infected meat or eggs; even touching an infected eggshell could spread the disease.
- LIE NUMBER FIVE
Chicken is Poop Free Meat
If you’re eating chicken flesh, you’re eating some sort of poop. A USDA study found that more than 99 percent of broiler chicken carcasses sold in supermarket stores had E. coli, indicating fecal contamination.