Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cheap Chicken 'Has as Much Fat as a Big Mac'; BBC Food Show's Shocking Claim

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cheap Chicken 'Has as Much Fat as a Big Mac'; BBC Food Show's Shocking Claim

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Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN

MEAT from cheap supermarket chicken contains as much fat as a Big Mac, it is claimed today.

Intensive farming techniques mean most battery farms are turning out birds which cost as little as [pounds sterling]1.99 but are "obese" and dripping with fat.

The research threatens to explode the widely held belief that chicken is a healthy alternative to red meat.

The claims are made in the BBC2 programme Full On Food, which will be broadcast tonight. A reporter went to a poultry farm in the West Country where 45,000 chickens jostle in a shed with almost two birds per square foot.

The chickens are reared for six weeks on a high-calorie diet to maximise breast meat production.

According to the programme's analysis, pound for pound, cheap chicken contains as much fat as a McDonald's Big Mac burger.

Professor Michael Crawford, director of the human nutrition unit at London Metropolitan University, said: "If you go back to government data from the Forties, it shows more protein calories in chicken than fat. …

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