Self-perpetuating carnivores have brutal stories of biting into a piece of chicken cartilage or beef pork. Thanks to years of rapid chicken farming, food manufacturers have accidentally caused another major mishap: spaghetti meat.
Researchers give this name because the meat really looks more like noodles.
"It looks like spaghetti noodles," said Dr. Casey Owens, a professor at the University of Arkansas, the Wall Street Journal (19459005). These strange chicken breast fillets are easily pulled apart by hand or torn lightly with your fingertips, writes the outlet. Spaghetti meat has turned up in 201
Scientists believe that this is caused by the rapid growth rate of commercially kept chickens. This happens because the breast muscle tissue does not get enough oxygen from the chicken's circulatory systems. Muscle fibers are degraded, which changes the density and texture of the meat.
"There is evidence that these abnormalities are related to fast-growing birds," said Dr. Massimiliano Petracci, Professor of Agriculture and Food Science at the University of Bologna in Italy, the newspaper said.
A Reddit user posted a photo of his threadbare chicken breast, claiming he had just put it in lemon juice for three minutes before discovering the wobbly chicken.
Although sounds pretty repulsive, researchers say it is not wi harmful. Still, companies are looking for ways to reduce the number of chicken and spaghetti meat chickens, as it stands quite off the beaten track.
For example, Sanderson Farms now kills chickens at a younger age to minimize the amount of meat. WSJ reported that this strategy has reduced the number of woody chicken breast found by half. And companies are already looking for high-tech methods to make sure that does not happen.