I've been getting my raw chicken from packs of boneless skinless breasts from Walmart. It's cheaper than beef at $1.88/lb. (vs. > $3.50/lb.), but probably not produced under the most sanitary conditions. Still haven't had any issues with salmonella or any problems.
And I've been eating raw meat nearly every day since the end of 2009. Began eating raw chicken late 2010. I get the meat on special whenever I can, which means oftentimes the meat is near expiration, yet I've never run into any issues. But the problem with those jumbo chicken breasts is that you have to trim the pieces of nasty polyunsat fat off them.
Raw ground beef, liver, chicken breasts all taste good and more juicy because they retain more of their natural content, moisture, and flavor than when you cook it. I buy lean and add in coconut oil for fatty flavor, so I never have to worry about omega-3/6 ratio.
EDIT To be fair, I want to notify the community that I only wrote this to share with all of you and have no intention of reading anyone's comments. Hope you didn't put too much thought into them.
Still haven't bothered to read anyone's comments, but guessing from the number of responses and negative votes, maybe you think I'm saying to go eat raw chicken. Wrong.
I'm just making you aware that there are people such as myself who can eat foods like raw chicken and benefit from and not fear it, even though you have to. Don't hate me for it.
Please do not eat raw chicken.
Campylobacter infection is as much of a risk as salmonella. Campylobacter, from the CDC.
It is estimated that it causes about 2.4 million cases of illness in the US. The resulting food poisoning is very unpleasent.
"Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items."
"Most people who get campylobacteriosis recover completely within two to five days, although sometimes recovery can take up to 10 days. Rarely, Campylobacter infection results in long-term consequences. Some people develop arthritis. Others may develop a rare disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome that affects the nerves of the body beginning several weeks after the diarrheal illness. This occurs when a person's immune system is "triggered" to attack the body's own nerves resulting in paralysis that lasts several weeks and usually requires intensive care. It is estimated that approximately one in every 1,000 reported Campylobacter illnesses leads to Guillain-Barré syndrome. As many as 40% of Guillain-Barré syndrome cases in this country may be triggered by campylobacteriosis."
Guillain-Barré syndrome can leave you in intensive care in hospital attached to an artificial respirator, in some cases for months. Being left with Reactive arthritis is also not fun.
Also if you value your health, stay away from NaturalNews.com It is one of the most unreliable sources of information on the whole internet. The scientists mentioned did not use bacteria capable of causing disease.
Vaccines are avaliable for chickens now to reduce salmonella levels however these are not know of these being widely used in the USA yet.
Are you aiming to be healthy? If so eating raw chicken is taking a reckless risk with your health. You have been lucky so far. Luck does not usually last forever.
you're eating raw chicken, from Walmart?? dude, why the death wish??
not "produced under the most sanitary conditions" is an understatement! They're also crammed into hen warehouses where the levels of noxious gases are so high people cannot go in there. Then their carcasses are washed with chem lab fun time mix to try to keep the salmonella at bay. To try. If the food poisoning doesn't get you, the chemicals may. Especially if you're eating this every day. If you must eat it, cook the bleeping chicken.
Matthew is right about your luck running out eventually, and with your concern about the cheapest food possible, will you be able to afford decent health care when you need it? Please consider attributing more importance to the food that you eat and eating a wider variety of better quality foods.
Raw meat is my line in the sand.
As a former ServSafe instructor I can tell you eating raw meat is flirting with horrendous illness that could result in from illness, hospitalization or death.
Personally I eat Paleo for wellness not to make my self sick.
I hope that no impressionable readers decide this might be a good idea to try. Raw chicken in this country is the most dangerous hazard in any industrial kitchen, let alone a home kitchen with untrained cooks or without proper sanitation. I strongly recommend against consuming raw chicken.
I've tried it before and just didn't like the taste. I stick to raw grass fed beef/buffalo and high quality fish. If I were to try raw chicken again, I'd make sure it's a chicken that I raised and I would freeze it for a few days.
Such an interesting concept, but not sure how many people will be on board with that since all the hype around salmonella in the last 30 years. (the banning the sale of the tiny turtles (at least in the US), the influx of sanitation wipes, sprays and creams, and the 100s of recalls of food items for possible tainting) I'm all for letting the body encounter germs as to build the immune system, such as not sanitizing after every little thing, or not carrying a bottle of purell anywhere you go, but I don't think I would do raw chicken, not because the fear of salmonella, but raw chicken or raw pork just don't sound appetizing at all. Raw beef or fish is about as far as I would ever go.
My husband would throw a conniption fit if I attempted to eat or feed him raw chicken. He won't even touch chicken while it's raw. It's bad enough that anytime I tenderize chicken he does a huge run through with a hot soapy sponge even though I cover my area so nothing can splash out. Good way to get him to clean the kitchen though.
Raw chicken FROM WALMART? WTF?
How are you comfortable eating raw FACTORY-FARMED meat?
(Note: Nice try with the edit, but I guarantee that you're devouring these comments. Don't try to pretend that you're not. Thanks.)
In japan raw chicken is quite common, but i assume its very high quality chicken when served, there was a great episode in "No Reservations" about this one yakitori place the chef even raised and butchered every chicken himself. Very perfectionist, i assume its as far as supermarket chicken can be ;)
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