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Why the Egg Is the Best Part About Chickens

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  • As recently as the 1920s, chickens were raised primarily for their eggs — not their meat
  • A farmer ordered too many chicks on accident and ended up selling them off as meat, marking the beginning of chicken as a meat source
  • Antibiotics played a major role in the rise of chickens as a food source, as low doses added to their feed sped up growth — while marking the beginning of antibiotic resistance
  • Eggs are a nutritious food source, especially in relation to beneficial choline; recent research shows it’s “extremely difficult” to get enough choline unless you eat eggs

By Dr. Mercola

Chicken is a mainstay of many Americans' diets, but it wasn't always this way. In fact, as recently as the 1920s, chickens were raised primarily for their eggs — not their meat. Chicken meat was expensive, not considered very tasty and only available seasonally, as chickens were typically slaughtered in the fall after they were no longer needed for laying eggs.


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