Chicken’s Fate is Sealed

Chicken’s Fate is Sealed
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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.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

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 currently 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. See, the annual Canadian seal hunt evidently produces 16,000 tons of blubber every year, which can be used for animal feed. And indeed, if you feed laying hens diets containing 5% seal blubber, you can drop the arachidonic acid levels in eggs to as much as 34%, making eggs significantly less harmful. Any amount, though, in chicken and eggs, is in excess of what our body needs.

Making arachidonic acid is like playing with fire. Our body makes just enough, and no more. The colonel and the clubber might want to feed us a little extra, but our own body knows best.

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

Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

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 currently 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. See, the annual Canadian seal hunt evidently produces 16,000 tons of blubber every year, which can be used for animal feed. And indeed, if you feed laying hens diets containing 5% seal blubber, you can drop the arachidonic acid levels in eggs to as much as 34%, making eggs significantly less harmful. Any amount, though, in chicken and eggs, is in excess of what our body needs.

Making arachidonic acid is like playing with fire. Our body makes just enough, and no more. The colonel and the clubber might want to feed us a little extra, but our own body knows best.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

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

Doctor's Note

For more on the health hazards of consuming eggs, check out these videos:
Eggs & Cholesterol: Patently False & Misleading Claims
Debunking Egg Industry Myths
Who Says Eggs Aren’t Healthy or Safe?
How the Egg Board Designs Misleading Studies
Eggs & Arterial Function

Be sure to check out my accompanying blog post: Inflammation, Diet, and “Vitamin S”

For more context, also see my associated blog posts: The Most Anti-Inflammatory Mushroom, and When a Scraped Knee May Once Again Kill.

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    1. 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.




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  1. 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.




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  2. Thanks for the invaluable information obtained on this site. The Mad Cow epidemic in the UK in the 80’s is blamed on the rendering of Scrapie infected sheep fed to cows. It seems we never learn that our interference causes havoc in the end because we know less than we think we do.




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    1. We do have a lot of info on omega 3 fats, which are polyunsaturated fats. They are essential so you do need some poly fats, however, they may be unsafe depending on what form you eat them and how much. I suggest reading the summary from the hyperlink and clicking on the numerous videos for more information. Let me know if you have specific questions? And also watch the newer videos on polyunsaturated fat.




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