We eat a lot of chicken breasts. We're told it's really good for us. And for the most part, it is. But if you've ever noticed white striping on uncooked chicken breasts, here's what you need to know:
White striping is actually a muscle disorder.
Notice the difference in these three chicken breasts...
Recent studies show that up to 96% of chickens may have muscular disorders. The result? Up to 224% more fat. That's a big difference.
The poultry scientists believe that a simple case of supply and demand is at play: The average American eats more than 90 pounds of chicken every year, and that number is only going up. The market for cheap protein encourages farmers to produce bigger birds in less time. According to the National Chicken Council, the average bird sent to market in 1950 was 3.08 pounds and 70-days-old. In 2015, the average weight had doubled — clocking in at 6.24 pounds — but the average age dipped to 47-days-old. [Source]
Now there's really no need to panic...because chicken, overall, is still pretty healthy. But here's a video you can watch if you'd like more info: