“Poultry is filthier than meat and pork. After the chicken or turkey is slaughtered and skinned it is soaked in a bath for cleansing. The problem is that the bath is full of urine, pus, doo-doo and other contaminants from all the others that preceded it”
Hesh Goldstein, radio host, vegetarian for 36 years, has no illnesses, takes no medications, plays basketball two hours a week, also in two softball leagues, race-walks, body surfs, does weight workouts and teaches women’s self-defence classes. Is 75 years old.
Chicken marketing has ridden the ‘high protein/white meat myth’ to perfection
Renowned cancer specialist Virginia Livingston-Wheeler has stated that most chicken consumed in America today is cancerous and pathogenic. The former USDA microbiologist Gerald Kuester was asked about modern chicken processing and said: ‘The final product is no different than if you stuck it in the toilet and ate it.’ In one routine test, 100 samples of chicken were taken from seven popular American fast food chain restaurants. Every sample contained PhIP when analysed by an independent laboratory¹.
In a more recent 2011 study of 100 randomised chickens, the FDA tested and found that commercial chickens eating the standard chicken feed (that had been fed to chickens for over 60 years), contained the chemical Roxarsone, and these chickens had higher levels of arsenic. The chicken industry has always said that ‘this arsenic was eliminated by the chickens in their waste’, however, this has turned out to not be true. The National Chicken Council commented on the exposé by saying “Chicken is safe to eat”².
Cow and pig in your chicken?
In 2009 The Guardian reported that the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) found traces of pork proteins contained in chicken breasts. These labels also had not listed any non-chicken ingredients. Frozen chicken often contains beef or pig protein powder to absorb water. In 2010, The Guardian reported that tests carried out in Ireland in 2010 found traces of cow and pig DNA in more than half of all chicken products sampled. In none of the cases were the cow or pig ingredients identified on the label. The contaminated chicken breasts came from the Netherlands.
How about lean meats or skinless chicken?
The leanest beef is still a whopping 29% saturated fat. Chicken, even with the skin removed, is still 23% saturated fat. That is before any cooking or frying in oil or butter. Cooking kills 50% of proteins, so from a 140g serving of ‘lean’ (but in reality ‘fat-filled’) chicken you only get 20 grams of protein! The Sunday roast used to be a special treat. Just one meal a week based on chicken. Now, many people eat chicken a few times daily.
Far more chicken eaten = far bigger people…
In New Zealand and Australia, we are now eating over 10 times more chicken than we did in the 1960s³. Australasian’s are eating an average of 40kg+ per person per year – and growing each year! Most of us now eat chicken weekly and a third of us eat it at least three times weekly. We are now the second-largest consumers by consumption in the world (per capita), after Brazil. In New Zealand and Australia, we are now the #3 and #4 most overweight and obese countries in the world. We have now moved past 30% of the population being obese – this is very different to the 1960s, when we ate far less meat and chicken.
I thought eating chicken was all about “the protein and keeping slim”…?
Hmm, chicken marketing has done a great job fooling everyone – even nutritionists, dietitians and personal trainers.
Further Reading: The research, studies and food recommendations from the WCRF & AICR 2018, to help lower your risk of, and to prevent, breast cancer, are built around following; a no-alcohol, plant-based wholefood diet.
The Associations between Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer – World Cancer Research Fund International Systematic Literature Review 2017
We are eating 10x more chicken and we are the most overweight people in the world… References:
- Chemist Michael Erikson, M.S. Sullivan and toxicologist Chad Sandusky, PhD, ‘Detection of Ph1P in Grilled Chicken Entrées at Popular Chain Restaurants Throughout California.’ Nutrition and Cancer, 18 September 2008.
- Study announced by the Food and Drug Administration, 8 June 2011. Reported by USA Today and The Associated Press, 9 June 2011.
- The Australian Chicken Meat Federation, 2011 Industry Report. Bureau of Statistics. Sydney Morning Herald, 20 November 2011.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.