Transcript: Chicken’s Fate Is Sealed
. How vegan does one have to eat, though, to sufficiently lower our level of arachidonic acid intake? I mean our body is already making some, is eating just like one egg a day going to significantly increase our blood levels? We didn’t know until last year. This group of Japanese researchers gave women just one egg’s worth a day, and “found that dietary arachidonic acid increased the arachidonic acid level in all fat fractions of the blood, even at a very low dietary dose.
Now the meat industry realizes this is a problem, and they're exploring ways to genetically manipulate chickens to lower arachidonic acid levels in chicken muscle “to produce meat with health benefits.”
The egg industry appears to be getting even more desperate, feeding laying hens seal blubber. The annual Canadian harp seal hunt evidently produces 16,000 tons of blubber every year, which can be used for animal feed. And indeed if you feed layings hens diets containing 5% seal blubber you can drop the arachidonic acid levels in eggs to as much as 34%, making them significantly less harmful. Any amount, though, in chicken and eggs, is in excess of what your body needs.
Making arachidonic acid is like playing with fire. Your body makes just enough and no more. The colonel and the clubber might want to feed you a little extra, but your own body knows best.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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