Arsenic In Poultry Meat And Eggs; Another Cancer Connection

Avoiding arsenic in poultry and eggs, and how to remove arsenic from the body

by dr aajonus vonderplanitz, phd nutrition

Many laboratory tests have proved that arsenic causes cancer even at low levels currently found in our environment. Also, evidence suggests that arsenic contributes to other diseases, such as diabetes, heart, and decline of mental function. Humans are exposed to arsenic directly from its natural occurrence in the earth’s crust but arsenic is mined and then used commercially. Drinking water, rice, and playground equipment are a few of the daily exposures to cancer-causing arsenic. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally lowered its long­-outdated arsenic drinking­-water standard by five­-fold in 2001.

Arsenic contaminates many of your favorite foods, including rice and chicken, intentionally. In this article, we focus on chicken meat and eggs. For many decades, chicken farmers have been feeding chickens arsenic to hasten and increase growth and conceal symptoms of disease at youthful stages of chicken development. Of the 8.7 billion American broiler chickens produced each year, at least 70 percent have been fed arsenic. Some of that arsenic remains in chicken meat; the following chart shows how much by brand and cut.

Brand of Chicken# of packages testedAverage Arsenic ppb
Smart Chicken Breast, nonorganic51.7
Smart Chicken Thighs, nonorganic51.5
Smart Chicken Breast, organic52.0
Raised Right Leg quarters51.6
Raised Right Breasts5ND
Gerber's Amish Chicken Breasts5ND
Gerber's Amish Chicken Thighs5ND
Gold'n Plump Breasts, boneless520.2
Gold'n Plump Leg quarters, thighs or drumsticks512.0
Gold'n Plump Livers5221.8
Perdue/Roundys Breasts, boneless521.2
Perdue/Roundys Leg quarters520.1
Kadejan Breasts, free roam52.1
Kadejan Thighs55.3
Kadejan Liver, free roam5ND
Tysons Chicken thighs, frozen1ND
Tysons Chicken breasts, frozen, skinless1ND
Rocky Jr./Petaluma Breast, natural boneless skinless5ND
Rocky Jr./Petaluma Range whole leg5ND
Rosies Whole leg, organic5ND
Rosies Breasts, organic5ND
Foster Farms Fryer thighs54.0
Foster Farms Breasts, boneless5ND
Trader Joes Thighs58.7
Trader Joes Breasts, boneless skinless57.4
Tysons Thighs, boneless, skinless44.0
Tysons Chicken strips5ND
Farm Harvest Breast, boneless skinless54.2
Farm Harvest Thighs55.5
Spring River Farms Breasts56.6
Empire Kosher Broiler chicken, whole54.3
Foster Farms Livers55.1
Popeye Breast, mild532.4
Popeye Thigh533.1
McDonald’s Chicken select premium breast strips516.8
McDonald’s Chicken grilled sandwich515.0
Jack in the Box Fried chicken strips59.8
Jack in the Box Chicken club sandwich, patty onl529.5
Church’s Fried breast527.7
Church’s Fried thigh546.5
Carl's Jr.Fried breast strips515.9
Carl's Jr.Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich, patty only511.0
Subway Chicken sandwich54.9
Arby's Chicken sandwich515.3
Wendy's Chicken grilled chicken breast515.9
Wendy's Chicken pieces, breaded, fried55.6
KFC Breast, mild53.9
KFC Thigh52.2
Hardee's Chicken breast, no bread57.5
Hardee's Chicken strips, breaded, fried57.1
(ND = none detected)

Removing bodily storages of arsenic may be accomplished by eating combinations of raw foods, such as 1/3 cup tomato, 2 tablespoons no­-salt­-added raw cheese and 5­-7 leaves of cilantro, or 2­-3 ounces raw coconut cream, 1/2 tablespoon unsalted raw butter, 1 tablespoon raw cream (dairy cream) and 1/2­-3/4 cup of organically­-grown dark berries (such as blackberries, blue berries and boysenberries.

Simply choosing a poultry that is not fed arsenic does not resolve every toxin­issue regarding poultry. See Soy Toxicity In Poultry Meat And Eggs.

Brand Telephone #s
Tyson Foods Inc. (800) 424­-4253
Gold’n Plump Poultry, Inc. (320) 251­-3570
Gold Kist Inc. (770) 393­-5000
MBA Poultry (Smart Chicken) (402) 335­-2501
Perdue Farms Inc. (800) 473­-7383
Empire Kosher Poultry (717) 436­-5921
Foster Farms (800) 255­-7227
Kadejan (320) 634­-3561
OK Foods, Inc. (Spring River Farms) (800) 635­-9441
Gerber’s Amish Chicken (800) 362­-7381
Petaluma Poultry (Rosie, Rocky Jr.) (800) 556­-6789
Cambridge Packing Co. (Raised Right Natural) (800) 722­-6726

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