Today we're talking about "chickens". "the ORIGINAL WHITE meat"!
Okay . . . so the good news is this . . . chicken meat provides vitamins mainly from the B complex family, including niacin (B3). This is the vitamin that's "essential" for the "metabolism of fats" and "sugars" in the body. Chicken also contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Which help us with sleep and balancing our "cortisol" hormone to help us lose weight.
The lean (white meat) protein in chicken is also an excellent source of amino acids such as arginine, glycine, histidine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, cystine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. We've spoken of most of these in previous Health tips and of their importance.
And as we know . . . our bodies uses amino acids to build muscle tissue. This is an important entity for maintaining bone mineral density.
So how can we go wrong with eating "chicken" you ask???
Well . . . chickens all start out the same from an egg . . . but it's what happens after they're hatched that makes the difference.
Did you know that chickens of "today" grow to be several times larger than chickens from 50 - 60 years ago???
And all this is due to genetic breeding, growth hormones and chemicals that are added to their feed to make more meat available for more profit.
In today's conventional world . . . chicken farmers are allowed to cram their chickens into indoor housing with no access to outside or grass.
These chickens are cooped up with 10,000 other chickens and many are still being fed arsenic in order for them to grow quicker and larger. Again, for more profit in the end.
You see . . . arsenic was introduced to chicken feed in the 1940s as a way to improve muscle growth, fight disease and make the meat pinker. Then in 2014 . . . the FDA called for the removal of the animal drug called Roxarsone from chicken feed, saying it could transform into" inorganic" arsenic. But . . . the problem being . . . removing it from the market is an "ongoing" process . . . "still not" accomplished.
Okay . . . another issue would be . . . Antibiotics . . .
They say that antibiotics are used sparingly in the chicken industry and the National Chicken Council believes antibiotics should only be used on the farm to "treat" and "PREVENT" disease . . . not administered to promote growth.
So the question we need to ask is this . . . when a farmer has 10,000 plus chickens in a chicken house with no access to fresh air or outdoors and living in their own poop . . . what do you think the chances of disease occurring are???
Therefore, the chances of that farmer having to us antibiotics is very great . . . and with that . . . those antibiotics are transferred to us in the meat.
So . . . the farmer isn't using the antibiotics for faster growth . . . but the birds are still being given antibiotics for "prevention" of disease. Now . . . think about this . . . with that being said . . . labels can now state . . . no growth hormones or antibiotics because the antibiotics are being given for "infection" and disease "not" growth. Which the FDA allows.
Okay . . . now let's do a flip to this story . . . on the other hand we have farmers that are raising their chickens in pastures. These chickens are being fed organic grains . . . not GMO grains like in the chicken houses we spoke of above.
The free-range chickens are outsides in the fresh air, eating bugs in the grass for protein, therefore . . . getting organic nourishment from nature. They're not cramped up in a chicken house and therefore, there's less of a chance for disease . . . and with that no antibiotics are used for prevention.
So the best avenue for chicken is organic "FREE-RANGE" white meat.
Tomorrow let's go fishing . . .
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