Canadian Researchers Develop Low Fat Chickens

Published May 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Researchers in Canada have developed a method of producing low fat chickens by putting them on a strict diet, according to a Foxnews report Wednesday. Agriculture Canada produces chickens that contain substantially less fat than usual by feeding them a special mixture of grains, oilseeds, multi-vitamins, minerals and soybean protein isolates. 

Researchers, working in conjunction with a Quebec feed company, set strict quality criteria which involves careful selection of chicken feed ingredients. 

Very strict production specifications means the birds are also kept in a clean and sanitary environment. 

The report added that analysis of the chickens produced showed their white meat contained 70 per cent less fat than normal and the dark meat 68 per cent less fat. 

Both meats were shown to contain a higher proportion of unsaturated fatty acids, which are healthier than saturated fatty acids. 

The technique also reduces the mortality rate and maximizes the production of lean meat at a competitive cost. 

Certified chickens with lower fat levels should be available in Canadian stores by the end of this year, according to Agriculture Canada – 


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