What is your favorite of a chicken? Do you love chicken breasts or chicken legs? Undeniably, chicken is one of the most accessible meats in the world, and it tastes good, too. Whether you have it fried, roasted, or steamed, chicken is always a good menu. However, if I were to tell that there is indeed arsenic in chicken; would you still love your favorite chicken meal? What is arsenic doing in chicken, anyway?
Recently, FDA told the press that arsenic in chicken is indeed a reality after the said agency found arsenic in rice. Conversely, both situations come in various instances. For one, arsenic in rice is somehow natural given that underground soil apparently has arsenic content to it whether or not you are using the said chemical. However, arsenic in chicken is different since it’s a man-made scenario. What’s worse is that chicken feeds are actually manufactured with arsenic with reasons we might not be able to understand. For the past 60 years, a lot of agencies and organizations have been making considerable actions for FDA to totally eliminate arsenic in chicken, but to no avail. While the recent move has satisfied most consumers, the details about chicken feeds having arsenic have again, infuriated them. Although, FDA denounced that arsenic in chicken feed is flushed out the chickens’ body thru the waste, such claim has never been proven. On the one hand, the major reasons that arsenic was introduced into chicken feeds is to make them grow and gain weight steadily with less amount of feeds needed. It is also the same product used to feed turkeys and other poultry animals. Records show that arsenic has been used since the 1940’s, and guess which company is manufacturing most of these chicken feeds? It’s none other than Pfizer, which happens to be one of the most popular manufacturers of medicines in the world. FDA has recorded that arsenic levels have been found at some rate when they were testing chicken meat found in grocery stores. Consequently, Roxarsone, a feed manufacturer, pulled their stocks off the shelves. Apparently, Roxarsone is a subsidiary of Pfizer, which is when Pfizer’s name got involved in it. Roxarsone made it clear that they’re doing such move to abide by the regulations of food authorities in the US, but such move won’t probably happened in other countries, unless such regulations have also been made.
Fortunately, FDA has already withdrawn arsenic from this particular food supply, so let’s not put our fuss on FDA this time. Sadly, other pressing concerns that consumers have been highlighted lately include the facts that FDA still insists that chicken meat is safe to eat despite the presence of arsenic in it, and the fact that they’re running after companies that sell all-natural herbal products and raw milk. It’s such dismay to a lot of people, especially those who are patrons of natural products and milk. Some consumers are even reacting that it sounds like FDA has been helping these profit-making companies more than the consumers, who actually the one are providing their salaries through taxes.
So, how would you like your chicken breasts done for dinner later? Fortunately, there are tons of alternatives to chicken meat. While chicken meat is a great source of protein, you might want to crash that out from your sole source of protein. Try these vegetable alternatives for protein. Spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms top the list as the great, leafy sources of proteins. On the other hand, soya, lentils, peanuts, sunflower, grain products like oatmeal and wheat are also good sources of protein. Growing these in your yard organically or buying them locally makes them a topnotch in providing your needed boost of protein daily. But, be sure to include meat sources for your protein as the body isn’t able to squeeze out the amounts of protein from these plant sources like what it can do to other protein sources like meat and fish. You don’t really have to rely on chicken alone because a wide array of sea foods come in handy for all your protein needs and they’re not fatty foods, too. Tuna and salmon are a topnotch in this field. In addition to that, shrimps, lobsters, and crabs are another delicious addition to protein sources, but they’re high in cholesterol, so limiting your consumption of these crustaceans is advisable.
Making your own version of chicken feed is another way to ensure that you’re not putting arsenic in your body. The main ingredients for a homemade organic chicken feed include Diatomaceous Earth, whole corn, soft white wheat, sunflower seeds, hulled barley, oat groats, peanuts, wheat bran, split beans, lentils, quinoa, sesame seeds, and kelp. Mix everything manually and keep your feeds fresh to make sure that the needed nutrients of the chickens are still in the chicken feed. Therefore, avoid buying these in bulk to minimize stocking for longer time.