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Banned ingredient: Arsenic (found in chicken feed)
In exchange for pinker, plumper poultry, which appears fresher, you get exposure to this cancer-causing toxin. Traces of an inactive ingredient used in Prozac may also be in some caged chickens' systems (a "solution" to helping them deal with poor living conditions), according to a 2012 Johns Hopkins University study that tested poultry from six states and China. But that is not the worst of it: Scientists also found a broad-spectrum class of antibiotics, which are used to reduce infections and boost bird growth. Unfortunately indirectly consuming these drugs can cause antibiotic-resistant infections in humans.
Eat instead: Pasture-raised, organic poultry saves you from arsenic and GMOs since these birds are fed a traditional chicken diet. If you can, add "air-chilled" to your list of must-haves: Chicken such as Bell & Evans' Air-Chilled Poultry aren't tossed into a community-style chlorine bath where they can pick up bacteria and absorb extra water, which dilutes flavor and changes the weight and, therefore, price per pound.
Trade foods with scary ingredients linked to serious health risks for these tasty, additive-free products
Trade common foods with scary ingredients for these tasty, additive-free alternatives.