The Ecology of Humans (55-3) Chicken


Chickens raised for their meat are known as broilers. Heavy breasts and thighs characterize broilers, as these are the most desired cuts of meat.

Chickens are typically fed a mixture of ground corn, soy, animal by-products, and fishmeal waste. Roxarsone – an antimicrobial drug – is widely used in chicken feed. It increases weight gain and makes the meat pinker. In the US, the drug is also approved for pigs.

Roxarsone contains arsenic: a carcinogen that severely damages the intelligence system. Though there is no safe level for arsenic consumption, the FDA boasts that the arsenic in Roxarsone “does not pose a health risk.” Largely a captive agency of industry, the FDA has not banned Roxarsone.

Chicken meat has 2–3 as much polyunsaturated fat compared to mammalian meat. Besides of its overabundant protein content, chicken is high in calcium and potassium. Dark meat has more calories, fat, and nutritional value than white meat.

 Fried Chicken

Grilling and baking are the decent ways to cook chicken. The tastiest way to change chicken into an unhealthy dietary option is to fry it.

Fried foods are a nutritional nightmare. Oil and high heat are a potent combination for chemical transformation; none of it in a wholesome vector.

While using healthier oils helps, there is no escaping that frying foods fix fats in a form that do the cardiovascular system no good. Innumerable studies have found fried foods detrimental. They only controversy left is how detrimental fried foods are, even if they are finger-lickin’ good.


Hens raised to produce eggs are known as layers. Commercially, male chicks are useless and are discarded. A layer lasts a year before its productivity dips and is slaughtered, whereupon its corpse turned into chicken stock or low-grade meat.