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Do YOU want Arsenic in YOUR Chicken?

In my ongoing effort to learn how to eat better and be healthy, I try to educate myself about the food I consume. And I recommend that you do the same.

How many times have you been told that eating chicken breasts is a great way to get low fat healthy protein?

I heard that a lot and for quite a few years after losing 70 pounds I ate a lot of chicken breasts!

I thought I was doing what was best for my health.

However….getting healthy is a life long learning process….

and I have since learned that much of the chicken that is sold in the supermarket is chicken I personally want to avoid.

The recent news about arsenic in chicken just reminded me again why I need to stay aware of where my food comes from so I can make the healthiest choices…

The FDA says chicken can contain small amounts of arsenic and it turns out arsenic laced food additives have been used in raising chickens since the 1940s!

In case you wondered if arsenic can hurt you….

Chronic arsenic exposure increases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health problems.

Chickens experience additional stress in large-scale poultry facilities, known as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), where access to natural sunlight is almost nonexistent and having 25,000 to 30,000 birds per chicken house is common.

As chicken production industrialized, coccidia have proven to be very adaptable and, thus far, impossible to eradicate.

In 2005, Dr. David Chapman, renowned in the field of coccidial research, claimed that “As long as chickens are raised on the ground and therefore in contact with their feces, then coccidiosis will remain a threat to the poultry industry.” Anticoccidials, arsenical growth promoters and antibiotics have thus been used to maintain the health of larger flocks.

From Food and Water Watch

Here are some links so you can learn more for yourself about arsenic and chicken and make the best choice for yourself and for your family.

http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/06/arsenic-chicken-fda-roxarsone-pfizer

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20070275-10391704.html

If you want to learn even more about the way animals are raised for food in the United States, I recommend this book – it was very helpful for me.

What are your thoughts on factory farmed chicken? Please share in the comment section.

 

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