Are you eating someone’s period? The answer is pretty spooky: If you eat eggs, you are.
Here are the deets: Female chickens have a menstrual cycle that can be daily during certain times of the year. Like women, hens have ovaries. During a hen’s cycle, an ovary sends a yolk on its path. The yolk forms what we know of as an “egg white” as it moves through the reproductive tract into the shell gland. The shell takes about 21 hours to form and “Cluck!”—out pops an egg! These are the eggs that make it onto store shelves and into the frying pans.
Not only is eating a chicken’s period just plain gross, it’s also cruel. On factory farms …
- Chickens are shoved into tiny wire “battery cages” and have large portions of their beaks cut off.
- They are crammed so closely together that they are forced to urinate and defecate on one another.
- Many birds die, and survivors are often forced to live with their dead and dying cage mates.
- Male chicks are considered worthless, so every year, millions of them are tossed into trash bags and left to suffocate or are thrown into high-speed grinders while they are still alive!