White meat whose chicken is widely consumed in France. Of the 850 million chickens reared each year, about 83% are bred intensively to meet the growing demand for low-priced chicken. Its high consumption is due to the fact that it is less fat and low in calories but also rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.
Chicken meat can be good or bad for our body, depending on the standards and breeding rules it has undergone. Caution is therefore required, especially when we notice white lines on chicken fillets.
After hatching, the chicks are piled up in the thousands, in narrow cages without openings. The more they grow up, the more their living conditions deteriorate. Their growth is done in a fast and disproportionate way that does not allow them to support their weight and causes many pathologies. Thus, breeders administer products that cause and paradoxically solve the problem.
Products administered to these poultry
Not only is this poultry fed with soy products that increase estrogen levels, but the stress on each chicken, caused by poor living conditions and slaughter, is increased. . As a result, these meats become rich in steroid hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Antibiotics administered to these birds to reduce bacteria and disease eventually create antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans, since these bacteria are found in its diet.
Low quality diet
The diet of these birds is rich in fat, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and it is not nutritious.
In addition, the ammonia to which poultry is exposed, because of the humidity of their home, has a negative impact on their growth and health.
Meaning of white lines on chicken fillets
Due to the high consumption of chicken meat, the pressure to provide a larger quantity of this poultry has led the breeders to carry out rather particular breeding methods so that it has developed pectoral muscles which represent 20 % of their body weight.
However, a phenomenon has aroused some scientists and was the subject of a study published in the journal The Italian Journal of Animal Science, concerning the appearance of a growing number of so-called “white lines” on chicken breast, grown industrially. These are white streaks, parallel to the muscle fibers and which result in a dangerous modification of the nutritional quality of the meat. As a result, the breast is richer in fat (up to 224%) but less rich in protein.
The cause of this epidemic is probably the breeding and the diet of these unsuitable chickens and incompatible with their well-being.
The alternative health? The farm chicken!
The free-range chicken is raised in the open air and fed at least 75% of cereals. It has a better flavor because this food mode ensures a good nutritional quality and protects us from hormones, antibiotics and other toxins harmful to our health.
Understanding food labels
If you do not have the opportunity to buy your farm chicken directly from a breeder who promotes organic food, you can get it at supermarkets. The most important thing is to understand the contents of the labels stuck on the chicken’s packaging, for your health and well-being.
- Organic chicken: Poultry is fed with organic foods, without antibiotics or vaccines and has outdoor nest boxes.
- Chicken reared on pasture: poultry is raised in pasture outdoors, all year round. It can, however, be housed indoors during inclement weather or to control predators.
- Chicken bred outdoors: poultry has access to the outdoors, with no requirement for access.
- Non-cage raised chicken: Poultry is raised inside but not necessarily in a cage.
Do not hesitate to choose a farmer and organic chicken. This is the best way to preserve your health, that of your family and that of the planet!