The drugs you may be taking when you eat chicken
Suggested reading: Is Grain Fed Beef Healthy?
by N J Howell unless otherwise noted
A Little Arsenic on your Chicken?
Update 2018: This is still a source of controversy online in 2018 but the tide has turned. I now see articles debunking the idea that there is arsenic in the chicken you buy. Unfortunatately, I’ve been unable to say what’s true this year. I still read posts asserting that there is arsenic in most commercially raised non-organic chicken, right along side articles saying it’s absolutely not true.
Anyway, here’s the original post:
I read about arsenic being injected into chickens just prior to their being killed and processed, to make them have a terrible inflammatory response which plumps up the meat. I thought, how disgusting, unhealthy and inhumane.
I didn’t realize that most chickens raised for food were being given arsenic-laced food as well or that the antibotics used were so prolific.
The source of the arsenic most chickens consume is called roxarsone. Like the injections, this concoction is given to chickens to create inflammation. The meat looks bigger, plumper, more pink. Also, roxarsone apparently kills parasites in the chickens.
In any case, I was already pretty turned off by what I’d read about arsenic before I came across some info on a study done by John’s Hopkins.
It isn’t just arsenic in that chicken meat; unless you are buying organic chickens fed organic food, there may be the following:
Antibiotics (including antibiotics banned as early as 2005 by the FDA)
In fact, I think there must be a link between the emergence of MRSA in humans and the amount of antibiotics most meat eaters are getting in their food, on top of whatever antibiotics they are over, er, prescribed by their doctor.
Read more about the John’s Hopkins chicken study