WARNING: This might make you a little queasy. 

According to an article written in Good Housekeeping, you might want to think twice before buying and eating chicken breasts. If you've ever prepared chicken breasts before, you've probably noticed the white stripe that runs down the middle of the piece of meat. While it might not seem like it's unusual, it's not a good thing.

"White striping" is a muscle disorder that affects chicken breasts. According to a 2013 study, the condition ups fat content by 224% and lowers the amount of protein. So while you might think eating chicken is a healthier option, it really just depends. The severity of white striping has increased in recent years, which I can only assume is because of GMOs and the high demand for chicken meat, but I'm no professional.

Chicken Breast
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A 2016 study showed white striping in 96% of the 285 birds they tested. While it might not be a huge health concern, it's still best to try to opt for the chicken without the white striping, or a smaller stripe.

So, save yourself the added fat and toughness and be alert when buying chicken breasts.


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