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Chicken’s Fate Is Sealed

The egg industry is attempting to improve the fatty acid lipid profile of eggs by feeding blubber from the Canadian harp seal hunt to laying hens.

October 4, 2011 |
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Images thanks to MightyAtom [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, wallpaperstock.net, IFAW, and HSUS/Brian Skerry and HSUS/Rebecca Aldworth

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. 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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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out the accompanying blog post Inflammation, Diet, and "Vitamin S". Also, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Inflammation, Diet, and "Vitamin S", The Most Anti-Inflammatory Mushroom, and When a Scraped Knee May Once Again Kill.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out the accompanying blog post Inflammation, Diet, and “Vitamin S”. Also, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

    • Shannon M.

      Hello, Dr. Greger :)
      I am highly disturbed by this whole thing, but in particular, I’m quite sure that a U.S. BAN on ALL seal products from the seal hunt in Canada is in place. How is this happening????????? I am vegan, and care deeply about the animals, and have fought for years against the seal hunt.
      Thanks for reading and for ALL the awesome work that you do!
      Shannon M.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/SandraUnrat/ Sandra Unrat

    Hello sir!
    I,m quite surprised here & confused! Feeding seal-blubber to our laying-hens!? AH! Wth?
    Another question, don,t you disagree on feeding people with Horse-Meat!? YES, horse-meat. This is well know to be hazardous to people,s health. Toxic..Medicated race-horses and other breeds, pass through slaughter every day. 100 000 a year. This is NOT right and canada should be ashamed…TKS, and cya soon.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post Inflammation, Diet, and “Vitamin S”!

  • Kelvin Grant Mason

    Whats the link to view the research / document about the seal blubber ?