Page Summary: Clips, Quotes & Links to 30+ Science News Reports on How Eating Chicken-Poultry is Associated with Higher Rates of Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, Food Poisoning, Infertility & related Hormonal Imbalances; articles by doctors & studies published in science journals.
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This site also contains a page with many science reports on the higher rates of diseases associated with eating chicken eggs.
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Chicken consumption & Lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes) – a study of 411,097 participants reports that “we found that the consumption of poultry was related to an increased risk.” The relative risks (RR) per 10 g intake were:
– 1.22 being 22% higher for B-cell lymphomas
– 1.65 being 65% higher for follicular lymphomas (FL)
– 1.54 being 55% higher for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (BCLL)
They also state “A high intake of processed meat was associated with an increased risk of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (BCLL)” with the relative risk (RR) per 50 g intake being 1.31, meaning 31% higher.
Reference: “Consumption of meat and dairy and lymphoma risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition”, International Journal of Cancer, 2011 Feb 1;128(3):623-34; at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20473877
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Chicken consumption and Obesity – Dr Greger’s 2 minute clip “Chicken Big: Poultry & Obesity” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJy9VjtQ9u0
“Chicken consumption is associated with more weight gain than other meat… If you remember back to that study of hundreds of thousands of men and women, poultry consumption appeared to be the worst… This new study… found the same thing. Chicken consumption was most associated with weight gain in both men and women. And it didn’t take much. Compared to those who didn’t eat any chicken at all, those eating about 20 or more grams of chicken a day had a significantly greater increase in their body mass index. That’s around one chicken nugget. Or a single chicken breast once every two weeks, compared to no chicken at all.”
The text is at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/chicken-big-poultry-and-obesity/
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Chicken consumption and Weight Gain – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports a study of more than 370,000 people: “our results indicate that meat intake is positively associated with weight gain … Our results are therefore in favor of the public health recommendation to decrease meat consumption for health improvement.”
From the Abstract’s results: “Total meat consumption was positively associated with [meaning increased] weight gain in men and women, in normal-weight and overweight subjects, and in smokers and nonsmokers.”
From the discussion: “The strongest association was shown for poultry …”
From the Abstract’s Conclusion: “Our results suggest that a decrease in meat consumption may improve weight management.”
Reference: “Meat consumption and prospective weight change in participants of the EPIC-PANACEA study”, Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Aug;92(2):398-407; https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/92/2/398/4597346
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Chicken consumption and Weight Gain – the Journal of Nutrition reports: “Cross-sectional research has shown considerable lower obesity rates among vegetarians compared to meat-eaters in Western populations.”
In their study they found: “a significantly higher increase in BMI was associated with higher intakes of pork in women … and chicken in both sexes …
women and men with the highest chicken consumption had a greater increase in BMI compared to those with the lowest intake …
Our data suggest that men and women with the highest chicken consumption (>22.8 g/d)* had a 0.19- and 0.53-kg/m2 higher increase in BMI after 14 y of follow-up, respectively, compared to those who consumed no chicken at all. This is in line with recent results from a Danish study showing that high consumption of chicken was associated with greater weight gain at the waist after 5 y of follow-up …” 
* Dr M Greger MD explains that >22.8 g/d: “That’s around one chicken nugget. Or a single chicken breast once every two weeks, compared to no chicken at all.” 
References:  “Longitudinal Changes in BMI in Older Adults Are Associated with Meat Consumption Differentially, by Type of Meat Consumed”, The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 142, Issue 2, 2012; https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/142/2/340/4630874
 Dr M Greger MD https://nutritionfacts.org/video/chicken-big-poultry-and-obesity/
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Dr Greger clip “Poultry & Penis Cancer” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtlNP-SOTpw
Summary: “The largest study to date on poultry workers found a significantly increased risk of dying from penile cancer, thought to be due to exposure to oncogenic (cancer-causing) chicken viruses, which raise consumer concerns as well.”
Excerpt: “Last year, I presented the study on poultry slaughterhouse workers, where they were found to have excess cancers of the mouth, nasal cavities, throat, tonsils, inner ear cancer, sinus cancer, esophageal, rectal, liver, leukemia, etc…
The study was replicated recently in the largest such investigation to date, more than 20,000 workers in poultry slaughtering and packing plants. They found the same thing, confirming the findings of three other studies to date: “that workers in poultry slaughtering and processing plants have increased risk of dying from certain cancers… New findings [though, in this study] were [increased risk of death from] cancers of the cervix and penis.”
Excess cancer of the penis in all males in the study exposed to poultry, with a standardized mortality ratio more than eight-fold higher. Not just penile cancer, but dying from it.”
Text at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/poultry-and-penis-cancer/
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Chicken consumption & Colon Cancer – From a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology: “The overall findings from this cohort identify both red meat intake and white meat intake as important dietary risk factors for colon cancer…”
Regards specific relative risks (RR) they found the rate of disease was 3.29 times higher in people who ate white meat (like chicken) once or more per week as compared to people who do not eat it.
In their words: “among subjects who favored specific types of meat, positive associations [meaning higher disease rates were found] with red meat intake (RR for ≥ 1 time/week vs. no red meat intake = 1.90…) and white meat intake (RR for ≥1 time/week vs. no white meat intake = 3.29…).”
The study was “a 6-year prospective study” that “examined the relation between diet and incident colon cancer among 32,051 non-Hispanic white cohort members of the Adventist Health Study…”
Reference: “Dietary Risk Factors for Colon Cancer in a Low-risk Population”, American Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 148, Issue 8, 15 October 1998, Pages 761–774; at https://academic.oup.com/aje/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/oxfordjournals.aje.a009697
Click this following link for a collection of studies on colorectal cancer and red meat consumption.
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Chicken consumption & Pancreatic Cancer – a 2013 International Journal of Cancer study reports on the relative risk (RR): “Poultry consumption tended to be associated with an increased pancreatic cancer risk (RR per 50 g increase per day = 1.72…)” from a study of “477,202 EPIC participants from 10 European countries.” 
That translates to “a 72 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer for every 50 grams of chicken consumed daily, which is about a quarter of a breast.”  That amount may equate to just three chicken nuggets.
References:  “Meat and fish consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition”, International Journal of Cancer, 2013 Feb 1;132(3):617-24; at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22610753
 Article titled “Chicken” on Dr Greger’s site https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/chicken/
Click this following link for a collection of studies on pancreatic cancer and red meat consumption.
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Dr Greger clip “Infectobesity: Adenovirus 36 and Childhood Obesity”
is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrJPvfuVX2Q
Summary: “Studies on more than a thousand children suggest that a viral infection may play a role in childhood obesity by increasing both the number and size of fat cells.”
Excerpt: “This study, correlating chicken consumption with weight gain, was performed in just one country on about 4000 people. This study included 4 other countries, and included 89,000 people. Animal protein intake was associated with long term weight gain, and again poultry was the worst, associated with 40% more weight gain than red meat or processed meat. Why poultry? Yes they’re so fatty these days because of the way we’ve genetically manipulated them: up to 10 times more fat and calories than they used to have, but one bizarre theory was that it might be due to an obesity-causing chicken virus, to which 1 in 5 obese humans tested positive, and those with exposure to the chicken virus averaged 33 pounds heavier than those testing negative.
This chicken virus was the first to be associated with human obesity, but not the last… This of course raises serious concerns about transmissibility in people…”
Text at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/infectobesity-adenovirus-36-and-childhood-obesity/
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Dr Greger clip “Obesity-Causing Chicken Virus” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zab6_WmyipQ
Excerpt: “in a study of 40,000 men and women last year, one of the foods most closely tied to expanding waistlines was poultry.”
Text at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/obesity-causing-chicken-virus/
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Dr Greger clip “Does Eating [Chicken] Obesity Cause Obesity?” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRIsX-WZnMQ
Summary: “The implications of chicken now having ten times more fat and calories”
Text at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-eating-obesity-cause-obesity/
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For short clips and reports about the links between dairy consumption and obesity click that link for the relevant page on this site.
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Chicken consumption & Kidney Cancer – a 2015 news report: “University of Texas Study Links Meat to Kidney Cancer: Another study has shown people who eat more meat have a high risk of cancer. This time, it’s kidney cancer, researchers reported Monday.
And it’s not just people who eat red meat, as many other studies have shown. People who eat more so-called white meat, such as chicken, have the higher risk, too…
People who said they ate the most grilled meat — red meat and chicken alike — had a higher risk of kidney cancer, they reported in the journal Cancer.”
Reference: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/university-texas-study-links-meat-kidney-cancer-n459811 The study report is in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research at http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/75/15_Supplement/836.short
Click this following link for a collection of reports on red meat consumption & higher rates of kidney renal cancers
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Dr Greger clip “Breast Cancer Survival, Butterfat, and Chicken” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9gpRdZGinc
Summary: “Breast cancer survivors may reduce their chances of survival if they eat too much saturated fat, found primarily in the American diet in cheese, chicken, and junk food.”
Text at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/breast-cancer-survival-butterfat-and-chicken/
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Dr Greger clip “Chicken Dioxins, Viruses, or Antibiotics?” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUcNF3s2cO4
Summary: “The association between poultry and cancer may be explained by the presence in chickens’ and turkeys’ flesh of industrial carcinogens such as dioxins, oncogenic (cancer-causing) viruses, and/or the drugs that were fed to the birds.”
Text at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/chicken-dioxins-viruses-or-antibiotics/
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From a 2018 CBS news report: “Chicken most likely to make you sicken, CDC illness data show … A new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] … Though fish and dairy technically caused more “outbreaks,” chicken sickened the most people … “Chicken is a reservoir for salmonella,” explains Thomas Gremillion, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America. Though proper cooking can kill most salmonella strains, normal food preparation techniques — like using a sponge to clean up spills or rinsing your chicken in the sink — tend to spread the bug around your kitchen, he says. That can “cross-contaminate” your sink, cutting boards and vegetables.”
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Chicken consumption & Diabetes – Dr Michael Greger MD’s clip “Why is Meat a Risk Factor for Diabetes?” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t4tBmbPko8
Excerpts: “A 2013 meta-analysis of all the cohorts looking at meat and diabetes found significantly higher risk associated with total meat consumption, and especially processed meat—particularly poultry [chicken products]…
Since the 2013 meta-analysis was published, this study came out, in which about 17,000 people were followed for about a dozen years. They found an 8% increase in risk for every 50 grams of daily meat consumption. So, that’s just like a quarter of a chicken breast’s worth of meat for the entire day may significantly increase the risk of diabetes…”
The text transcript is at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/why-is-meat-a-risk-factor-for-diabetes/
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From a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology: “In conclusion, red meat & poultry intakes were associated with a higher risk of T2D.”
Reference for the study: “Meat, Dietary Heme Iron, and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The Singapore Chinese Health Study”, American Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 186, Issue 7, 1 October 2017, https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/186/7/824/3848997
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“What Causes Diabetes?” is a short clip by Dr Michael Greger MD at
Summary: “Saturated fat can be toxic to the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, explaining why animal fat consumption can impair insulin secretion, not just insulin sensitivity… just like smoking can be said to cause lung cancer, high-calorie diets rich in saturated fats are currently considered the cause of type 2 diabetes… The fats, found predominantly in meat and dairy—chicken and cheese are the two main sources in the American diet—are almost universally toxic, whereas the fats found in olives, nuts, and avocados are not…”
The text transcript is at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-causes-diabetes/
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Chicken & Infertility from Unbalanced Hormones – From Dr Michael Greger MD’s clip “Meat Hormones & Female Infertility” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_B88TcG3Jk
Excerpts: “eat a single serving of any meat, and you increase your infertility risk 30%. Red meat increases infertility risk 40%. But just a single serving of chicken – half a chicken breast a day – and women increase their infertility risk more than 50% – worse than bacon and hot dogs!
Now, while animal protein was associated with increased risk of infertility, consuming protein from vegetable sources appeared to have the opposite effect – protecting, improving fertility…
In summary, they concluded that replacing animal sources of protein – particularly chicken – with vegetable sources of protein – like beans – may reduce the risk of infertility because of anovulation, or failure to ovulate…”
The text is at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/meat-hormones-female-infertility/
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Dr Greger MD’s clip “Chicken Consumption & the Feminization of Male Genitalia” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juOmk-MVR8o
Summary: “Eating chicken during pregnancy may affect the size and development of one’s son’s penis due to phthalate contamination of the meat.”
Excerpts: “a study published last year showing that the phthalates found in chicken were significantly associated with less masculine behavior in boys… The chicken phthalates have also been associated with increased odds of Caesarean section, diminished child intelligence (particularly in boys), attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, later in life, abdominal obesity, altered thyroid function, damaged sperm, and, as we learned this summer, a lower sperm count…
eggs and the poultry consumption, in particular, that was a significant predictor of levels of MEHP, as well as total phthalates… In addition to a smaller penis, MEHP appears to increase the odds of boys later growing breasts, 25-fold, and then decreased testosterone later in life… if there is one thing pregnant women may want to avoid during pregnancy to protect their sons’ normal development, it would be to avoid poultry.”
Text transcript is at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/chicken-consumption-and-the-feminization-of-male-genitalia/
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From an article on Dr Michael Greger’s site: “Eating chickens is the most common source of Salmonella poisoning. A 2014 issue of Consumer Reports published that 97 percent of chicken breasts found in retail stores were contaminated with bacteria that could make people sick, and 38 percent of the Salmonella found was resistant to multiple antibiotics. And, according to a national retail-meat survey by the Food and Drug Administration, about 90 percent of retail chicken showed evidence of contamination with fecal matter.
Viruses may also potentially pose a risk. Might chicken cancer viruses be transmitted to people through the handling of fresh or frozen chicken? A study of 30,000 poultry workers found that those who slaughter chickens have about nine times the odds of pancreatic and liver cancers. For context, the most carefully studied pancreatic cancer risk factor is cigarette smoking, but smoking for 50 years “only” doubles our odds of getting pancreatic cancer…”
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A clip by Dr Michael Greger MD titled “Caloric Restriction vs. Animal Protein Restriction” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJASNFy9XQ
Excerpts: “The lifespan extension associated with dietary restriction may be due less to a reduction in calories, and more to a reduction in animal protein (particularly the amino acid leucine, which may accelerate aging via the enzyme TOR)…
In fact, just cutting down on leucine may be “nearly as effective” as cutting down on all protein. So, where is leucine found? Predominantly animal foods: eggs, dairy, and meat, including chicken and fish, whereas plant foods have much less: fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans…
This may also help explain the longevity of long-lived populations like the Okinawa Japanese, who have about half our mortality rate. The traditional Okinawan diet was only about 10% protein, and practically no cholesterol, because they ate almost all plants. Only one percent of their diet was fish; meat, eggs, and dairy, less than one percent—the equivalent of one serving of meat a month; one egg every two months. Their longevity surpassed only by vegetarian Adventists in California, “giving them perhaps the highest life expectancy of any formally described population in history.” And now, we may be a little closer to answering the mystery as to why populations eating plant-based diets live the longest.”
The article text is at https://nutritionfacts.org/video/caloric-restriction-vs-animal-protein-restriction/
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Other clips and articles by Dr Greger on the higher diseases risks associated with eating chicken/poultry include:
Avoiding Chicken to Avoid Bladder Infections
Handling chicken can lead to the colonization of one’s colon with antibiotic-resistant E. coli that may result in bladder infections in women.
Salmonella in Chicken & Turkey: Deadly but Not Illegal
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are Salmonella-poisoned by poultry every year—yet it remains legal to sell meat proven to be contaminated.
Poultry Exposure Tied to Liver & Pancreatic Cancer
Cancer-causing viruses in poultry may explain increased risks of death from liver and pancreatic cancers.
A clip by Dr Greger MD regards the consumption of animal fat and pancreatic cancer. “The largest prospective nutrition study ever published suggests animal fat may play a role in the development of pancreatic cancer.”
Switching from Beef to Chicken & Fish May Not Lower Cholesterol
The negative impact of red meat on our cholesterol profile may be similar to that of white meat.
Poultry Exposure & Neurological Disease.
Poultry workers exhibit an excess of a wide range of diseases, from thyroid conditions to schizophrenia, and autoimmune neurological disorders, such as myasthenia gravis. This may be due to exposure to viruses present in chickens and turkeys.
Superbugs in Conventional vs. Organic Chicken.
The level of multidrug antibiotic-resistant bacteria contamination is compared between meat from animals raised conventionally, and certified organic meat from animals raised without being fed antibiotics.
How Many Cancers Have Been Caused by Arsenic-Laced Chicken?
Arsenic-containing drugs intentionally added to poultry feed to reduce the parasite burden and pinken the meat are apparently converted by cooking into carcinogenic inorganic arsenic compounds.
Where Does the Arsenic in Chicken Come From?
What was the National Chicken Council’s response to public health authorities calling for the industry to stop feeding arsenic-based drugs to poultry?
Foster Farms Responds to Chicken Salmonella Outbreaks
Foster Farms chicken may have infected and sickened more than 10,000 people, due to contamination of the meat with fecal material.
Phosphate Additives in Chicken
The phosphorus preservatives injected into poultry may not just be an arterial toxin. They also appear to dramatically increase the growth of food poisoning Campylobacter bacteria.
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