Catchy title, no?
Before I get into my actual post, I just want to take a minute and say that I am so excited about being freshly pressed on Monday! I’m so happy to be able to have the chance to reach more people, and to all of my lovely new followers: thank you, and welcome!! If you’re new here, take a minute to peruse around some of my older posts if you wish, or simply just keep on reading. What you’ll find here is a mix of science-y, educational, mildly funny information with a whole bunch of random thoughts thrown in for fun. It’s really just a clear snapshot of what’s going on in my brain at any given moment. Also, a gratuitous amount of cute animal pictures, because who doesn’t love those?
Now let’s get on with it!
So I’m pretty sure that by now, most of us have seen the picture of the “pink slime” or Mechanically Separated Chicken that many processed chicken products are made out of. (I can’t even post the picture here, because it grosses me out so much)
But what about the unprocessed chicken meat that you buy from the grocery store? I’m talking real, straight-up chicken here, not some packaged, pre-formed “chicken product”. That’s safe to eat right? I mean, it’s obviously just chicken. Right?
That’s where things get tricky. Take a few minutes to read this article about what really may be in your chicken, and then let’s have a chitty-chat.
Go on, I’ll wait.
Ok, read it? Good, let’s go.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m eating chicken, I’m not trying to eat antidepressants, antibiotics, arsenic, caffeine, pain killers, allergy meds, or anything else that they’re pumping those chickens full of. I know that a lot of this doesn’t come as a total shock to a lot of us; there has been a lot of negative press about poultry farming and the resultant meat that we are fed, but I do think that it continues to deserve attention.
The biggest thing that concerns me here is the antibiotics. If there is a chance, even a small chance, that ingesting these antibiotics (even in trace amounts) could lead to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that could ultimately be dangerous to humans, I’m going to try to avoid this as much as possible.
Could allergy meds found in chicken play any part in the drastic rise in allergies in children over the past decade or so? (This is just speculation on my part, but I don’t think it’s totally out of the question).
And Prozac? Don’t even get me started there. The fact that farmed chickens are fed Prozac is alarming, never mind the fact that traces of that drug can than end up on our plates.
So how can we avoid this? Buy organic. Grass fed, antibiotic free, organic free-range chicken. Many people dispute the importance of buying organic, and I do too for certain foods. But when it comes to beef and poultry, I honestly feel that avoiding all of those additives and drugs could be immensely important to our health and the health of future generations. True, not everyone can afford organic chicken, and if that’s the case than there’s no getting around that. But if you can afford a few more dollars for organic, grass fed poultry, you will be doing your health a favor. It’s not just a gimmick, or a trend, it’s the truth.
What do you all think? Do you buy organic poultry, and do you think it’s worth the few extra dollars to do so? Do articles like the one linked above make you worry, or do you think it’s just media hype?