Chicken has a bad and unhealthy reputation. This is how you recognize the quality of your chicken meat.
A new video from an animal rights group reveals the grisly truth about the quality of chicken meat. Meat lovers should watch out for white streaks in the meat, especially with chicken breasts, as they reveal a muscle disease in the animals.
The more white stripes, the unnaturally high the fat content in the meat. Actually, chicken meat is lean. Lots of white streaks appear when lean meat is replaced by fat.
Fatty chicken meat has increased significantly in recent years. This is mainly due to the fact that the demand for high-protein, supposedly low-fat meat is increasing, according to a study by the University of Arkansas and Texas.
Chickens are bred in a small space. The fat content increases and the muscles decrease because the animals cannot move. In addition, chickens are said to grow faster and faster. Muscles cannot develop normally in this way.
If you don’t want to eat this meat, you should make sure that the chicken meat isn’t too streaked with white. Organic meat is usually bred in a species-appropriate way so that muscles can develop.
If the meat isn’t overly fatty and hasn’t been treated with antibiotics, chicken is healthy and a good source of protein, according to Jaclyn London, nutritionist at the Good Housekeeping Institute.