When it comes to our health, we must take every precaution to preserve it and avoid exposing it to unnecessary risks. That’s why it’s important to choose healthy, natural foods, away from genetic modification or chemical contamination. In this article, we will focus on a food that we consume regularly: chicken.
Chicken meat is very present in our diet. Rich in protein, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins (B3, B6, B12), it provides our body with the nutrients it needs to work well. In addition, consumed without skin, the chicken has a low calorie intake, which makes it perfectly suitable for slimming diets.
However, there is one very important point to consider that has a significant impact on its nutritional value and its impact on health: its breeding method.
Organic chicken vs industrial chicken
Organic chicken has many advantages over industrial chicken. Indeed, raised outdoors, it has greater freedom of movement and feeds on natural materials such as cereals and legumes, which increases the quality of its flesh and reduces its fat content. In addition, the respect of its natural growth cycle and its mechanisms of immune defenses allows it to have a better nutritional intake. According to a report from the CWF (Compassion in World Farming) organization dedicated to the welfare of farm animals, organic livestock products generally contain a greater amount of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron and vitamins.
As for the industrial chicken, its evolution in a confined space deprives it of its freedom of movement and exposes it to an increased risk of infections and diseases, which explains the constant recourse to the antibiotic treatments. In addition, for the sake of productivity, the industrial chicken is supplemented with hormones to accelerate its growth and is fed with fats, animal meal and even genetically modified corn. Moreover, to improve the quality and flavor of its flesh, industrial farmers give their chicken too much chemical additives and salt.
What are the dangers of consuming industrial chicken?
The weaknesses of the industrial chicken are not only about its breeding method, but also its impact on human health.
According to several scientific researches, meat from intensive industrial farming has a lower amount of omega-3 and an unbalanced omega-3 / omega-6 ratio, which favors the development of cardiovascular diseases.
As mentioned above, the piling up of a large number of chickens in a confined space favors the spread of pathogenic bacteria that are subsequently transmitted to humans. According to the European Food Safety Authority, 75% of European industrial chicken is contaminated with the bacterium campylobacter, which is mainly responsible for diarrheal diseases and food poisoning. According to other
In some cases, and as a preventive measure, industrial farmers administer antibiotics to their chickens to limit or prevent the spread of a disease or infection, regardless of whether the animal is infected or not. This misuse of these drugs can lead to the development of resistant bacteria and pathogens, posing a real danger to public health.
Thus, to preserve your health and avoid exposing you to various bacterial infections such as salmonellosis that may be fatal for young children and the elderly, pay attention to the chicken you buy. Choose organic, and make sure that the label “natural” on the label meets the standards of organic farming.