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Why is raw chicken slimy? Is it the only meat we cant eat raw?

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Created March 30, 2013 at 5:22 AM

I am kind of curious about this. I am hardly the most knowledgeable person when it comes to meat but I have never come across anything with that texture? Could it technically not be "paleo" if we cannot eat it raw?

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7275 · March 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Maybe we define slimy differently? I'm thinking of something like whether there's noticeable fiber to the muscle or not, so it's maybe not what other people are thinking of.

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1523 · March 31, 2013 at 2:23 AM

that smart chicken is schwag to be honest. if its a large part of her diet she should consider finding a local source where the birds are let out on pasture and feed on their natural diet of bugs, grubs and leafy greens.

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3432 · March 31, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Fish's bodies create 'slime' so they can move through the water. Fresh chicken isn't slimy and fresh beef isn't either. The actual meat of fish shouldn't be either if its fresh.

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26182 · March 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

When I was in Japan they serve rare chicken all the time.

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502 · March 30, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Is a fresh kill slimy?

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3432 · March 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

If chicken was properly raised it could be eaten raw... or at least rare. It is traditional in some parts of the world.

Industrial farming has led to the development of superbugs and propagation of other parasites. Which is why most people shy away from 'undercooked' pork also.

It gets slimy from sitting in a package. If you pluck your own it isn't at all.

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5949 · March 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

A friend of mine eats the diet advocated by Aajonus Vonderplanitz, and raw chicken is a large part of it. She buys air-chilled "Smart Chicken" [oddly named, because if it really were a smart chicken, it wouldn't be sliced up, sitting in a meat cooler.]

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1523 · March 31, 2013 at 2:23 AM

that smart chicken is schwag to be honest. if its a large part of her diet she should consider finding a local source where the birds are let out on pasture and feed on their natural diet of bugs, grubs and leafy greens.

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75 · March 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Pork shouldn't be eaten raw either. And the use of fire predates evolution of Homo Sapiens, so no.

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7275 · March 31, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Meats like beef are hung to dry and age, whereas chicken isn't, so that probably accounts for a big difference in the texture. Fish aren't aged either, and raw fish is also slimy.

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7275 · March 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Maybe we define slimy differently? I'm thinking of something like whether there's noticeable fiber to the muscle or not, so it's maybe not what other people are thinking of.

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3432 · March 31, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Fish's bodies create 'slime' so they can move through the water. Fresh chicken isn't slimy and fresh beef isn't either. The actual meat of fish shouldn't be either if its fresh.

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1523 · March 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

fresh raw meat is far less slimy then packaged raw meat. the reason being is that the good and bad bacteria, and the enzymes, present in and on the meat start to break it down. you can eat raw chicken, it holds no more threat to a somewhat healthy digestive and immune system then raw beef in my mind. the best is to eat organic, pastured and local, as these tend to be very fresh and less slimy. anything you get from the grocery store, even if its organic and sustainable raised will have been at least flash frozen, and thawed, which seems to speed up the breakdown of the meat. I would suggest buying whole cuts, and smelling them before consumption. your nose will know when its gone bad. always drain them thoroughly, rinse them off, let them dry a bit and store them uncovered in the fridge, this will help to eliminate the presence of pathogenic bacteria, storing them covered will not!

I would highly suggest sticking to grass fed beef/lamb/bison/elk and any wild game you can find if you don't have a source of pasture fed chickens/turkies. even the best organic grains are still very high omega 6 forming as chickens proper diet is insects/grubs and greens, making the meat inflammatory when consumed in large amounts. you can notice that the difference between chickens really raised outside, eating their prefered and proper diet have much smaller, darker meats, much stronger and more dense and fully developed bones.

I would also suggest eating the offal! chicken hearts and livers are amazing. and of course, egg yolks, perhaps the most beneficial and generous food from our animal friends.

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