What’s Really in Healthy Foods?

Take chicken. The average American eats about 90 pounds of it a year….. But roughly one-third of the fresh chicken sold in the U.S. is "plumped" with water, salt and sometimes a seaweed extract called carrageenan that helps it retain the added water.

Consumers are paying for added salt water at chicken prices – an estimated $2 billion worth every year, according to the Truthful Labeling Coalition, a group of chicken producers that don't enhance their products.

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  1. Rick says:

    Sounds like pure fraud to me.

  2. Linda Gorman says:

    All the chicken I purchase with added water and salt says so, right on the label. I like it just fine.

    Even with the added water and salt, it is less expensive than locally available unenhanced chicken.

    It seems to me that the unenhanced chicken growers would be better off figuring out ways to reduce the price of their product rather than implying that some sort of fraud is taking place.