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Brazil is the world’s second largest producer of chicken meat. In 2015, the industry produced 13 million tons, consumed internally and exported to 150 countries, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA). Food is one of the main sources of protein of Brazilians, who consume, on average, 43 kilos of chicken per year.

But part of the population has doubts about nutritional aspects of food. Many believe that farms give hormones to birds to accelerate their growth. Or that country chicken is more nutritious than the one produced on an industrial scale. To clarify these doubts, we asked the top experts to analyze six recurring claims about the quality of chicken meat and whether they are myths or truths. Check out!


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Myth: According to João Palermo Neto, professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the University of São Paulo, there is no use of hormones in broilers in Brazil – or abroad. “Chickens grow more due to genetic selection, sanitation and excellent nutrition,” he says. “Moreover, it would be unfeasible to use growth hormones since they take about 60 days to start acting in the body of the bird, while its slaughter is done in about 42 days,” he explains.


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Myth: According to nutritionists, there are no differences regarding nutritional content. The broiler is slaughtered between 38 and 49 days of age. Caipira chicken grows more slowly and is slaughtered between 80 and 140 days. As the hickory chicken is raised loose and spends energy to survive, this increases the content of oxidative fibers in the meat, making it darker and a little harder. But according to Pedro Eduardo de Felício, consultant in Animal Products Technology and former professor of the Faculty of Food of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), the processes do not interfere in the content of amino acids, minerals and vitamins. “It’s a matter of taste difference, not quality,” he says.


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Truth: In order to have good quality chicken meat, it is essential to feed the animals from a balanced diet. “Feeding the bird should be based on corn, soybean meal and good rations to ensure high levels of nutrition and meat quality,” says Felício.


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Truth: The main proof is that Brazil annually sells 4 million tons of food to 150 countries. The sector employs 3.5 million people, including 130,000 families owning small aviaries, which produce in a system fully integrated with agro-industries exporting.


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Myth: Virtually all parts are used. Kids, for example, are used in the production of sausages. Cartilage, milled bones, head and feet become feed ingredients for pets.


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Truth: In addition to less caloric, chicken meat is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B3, which is proven to increase HDL, called good cholesterol. In addition, their proteins help in the formation of genetic material, DNA and RNA and even in the muscles. B vitamins, on the other hand, help in renewing cells and maintaining the natural barrier of the skin.


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Truth: In addition to less caloric, chicken meat is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B3, which is proven to increase HDL, called good cholesterol. In addition, their proteins help in the formation of genetic material, DNA and RNA and even in the muscles. B vitamins, on the other hand, help in renewing cells and maintaining the natural barrier of the skin.


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Myth: Virtually all parts are used. Kids, for example, are used in the production of sausages. Cartilage, milled bones, head and feet become feed ingredients for pets.


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Truth: The main proof is that Brazil annually sells 4 million tons of food to 150 countries. The sector employs 3.5 million people, including 130,000 families owning small aviaries, which produce in a system fully integrated with agro-industries exporting.


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Truth: In order to have good quality chicken meat, it is essential to feed the animals from a balanced diet. “Feeding the bird should be based on corn, soybean meal and good rations to ensure high levels of nutrition and meat quality,” says Felício.


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Truth: In addition to less caloric, chicken meat is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B3, which is proven to increase HDL, called good cholesterol. In addition, their proteins help in the formation of genetic material, DNA and RNA and even in the muscles. B vitamins, on the other hand, help in renewing cells and maintaining the natural barrier of the skin.


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Myth: Virtually all parts are used. Kids, for example, are used in the production of sausages. Cartilage, milled bones, head and feet become feed ingredients for pets.


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Truth: The main proof is that Brazil annually sells 4 million tons of food to 150 countries. The sector employs 3.5 million people, including 130,000 families owning small aviaries, which produce in a system fully integrated with agro-industries exporting.


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Truth: In order to have good quality chicken meat, it is essential to feed the animals from a balanced diet. “Feeding the bird should be based on corn, soybean meal and good rations to ensure high levels of nutrition and meat quality,” says Felício.


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