From the Associated Press article By: L.A. Reid, Associated PressNew York (AP)A new study from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) suggests chicken-eating habits can make you more susceptible to a new bird flu infection that can kill chickens within a matter of days.
The findings, released Thursday, suggest that eating chicken-derived products and certain foods like beans, rice and corn may be as effective in helping reduce the risk of a potentially fatal infection as a flu shot.
The researchers say it’s unclear whether chicken-based food products will provide any protection against the coronavirus.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the ACVIM said chicken- and cow-derived foods, which include chicken, turkey, duck, pork, goat, sheep, rabbit and boar, can increase the risk for bird flu infections by more than half.
The study also suggested that the higher the amount of chicken or other poultry in a given meal, the more likely the virus is to be airborne.
The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), also found that a daily consumption of chicken broth increased the risk, but this effect was not statistically significant.
The researchers concluded that “the high consumption of poultry products may be an important strategy for minimizing the risks of the coronovirus pandemic.”
The findings may help explain why chicken consumption is on the rise in the United States.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, chicken consumption increased more than 11 percent between 2010 and 2017, with the number of Americans eating at least one chicken a day increasing from 17.7 million to 23.2 million.
In 2017, chicken-infused soup accounted for more than two-thirds of all U.,S.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says poultry consumption is growing, with about 50 percent of Americans consuming at least some chicken.
But, the report notes, “there is still significant room for improvement in food safety.”
The ACVim researchers suggest that a “food-based approach” that focuses on the health benefits of eating less poultry may be better for people.
It recommends people eat about 1,500 calories a day from poultry.
But they also say that people can take the time to get familiar with a variety of foods and be aware of the many health risks that come with consuming chicken.
“Many people are not aware that there are other, more important reasons to avoid eating poultry, like being overweight, not eating whole grains, not drinking enough fluids and not eating a high-fat diet,” the authors wrote.