I'm not a fan of animal rights activists. I get that they usually have good intentions, but they're annoying. Once in a while, they even make a good point. This is one of those times.

White striping refers to the white stripe(s) on uncooked chicken breasts, and not the alt-rock band. Due to growing demand for poultry, farmers are fattening up their chickens faster than ever, resulting in more fat and less muscle (protein) on the birds. Icky...Thump!

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Shouldn't those be battered and fried already? (Getty Images)

It's not necessarily a health hazard, but it makes chicken less of a lean protein go-to.


White striping looks like white lines parallel to regular muscle on chicken breasts. It looks nothing like Jack White of the White Stripes.

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Pale, but not stripey (Getty Images)

While not a health risk, white striping impacts meat quality. The chicken won't soak up as much marinade (GASP!). Fortunately, only a small percentage of chicken meat is affected by white striping. Consumers are encouraged to purchase chicken labeled "No Antibiotics Ever" and  - of course - to thoroughly cook chicken meat. It shouldn't take a seven-nation army to figure that out.

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