If you take seafood out of the equation, chicken and eggs are generally considered next in line for a healthy protein source. We all know how important protein is, so no need for nutritional stats just yet. Let’s touch on something else for now. So, chicken. we love the taste and we like the protein. It’s not all protein though, is it? A lot of fat & cholesterol tags along with that protein. Why?
We’ve already GMed (Genetically Modified) the regular poultry breed so much that it’s just programmed to generate that excess fat. It’s what one can call hulking up the bird for a better yield. Comparing the size and genetics of the birds 50 years ago with today’s, boils down to what it is – just pure animal cruelty. We’ve beefed them up so much that they can’t even stand for long. The next time you visit the chicken shop and see most of the birds just sitting, it’s not because they’re bored by memes, it’s more because their legs can’t support the weight of their body.
And then there’s the culling of chicks. We’ve all seen the videos and we all hate them. No wonder animal rights activists have their binoculars pointed at the poultry industry all the time. So, is there an ethical and natural solution to this problem? Glad you didn’t ask! But we did, and the answer is in nature and it’s been there for a long time. It’s an answer only a few natives and foodies knew so far. Not anymore! Ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls, we bring you – kadaknath!
No. It’s not a 90’s B grade Bollywood movie sidekick comedic character. No, its not a ‘who’ either. It’s a ‘what’. Nature has a fantastic way of working miracles, and kadaknath is nothing less than a natural miracle. It is a breed of chicken thousands of years in the making through natural selection. No human interference whatsoever. No mad scientists in fancy labs poking at their DNA, trying to make them grow faster & bigger or lay more eggs.
This lucky breed is a product of nature’s own lab. It’s the toughest, leanest & meanest breed of chicken. The bird is completely black, literally. Black plumage, black legs and toe nails, black beak and tongue, black comb and wattles, black meat and bones and even dark organs. The kadaknath name got stuck long ago or else we’d have called it Captain Black or Black Diamond, or even better ‘The Dark Knight’. Our knight has a Bachelor’s in adaption and a Master’s in disease resistance. And of course, an Honour’s in superb flavour and succulence. That Honour’s is what we all care about, don’t we? Nobody gives a flying feather to the Bachelor’s and Master’s once you have that Honour’s.
The damn system. It also holds a PhD in Nutrition if you care to know. Well, we like to compellingly make ourselves believe that at least some of you’d care about the nutrition. The rest can chicken out. 😉 See what we just did there?
- Protein content is higher than 25%, whereas in an ordinary bird it varies between 18-20%.
- Lower cholesterol (0.73-1.05%) than white chicken (13-25%).
- Lowest fat content in all of chicken breeds.
- High levels of 18 amino acids out of which 8 are essential for the human and rich in hormones.
- Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron, nicotinic acids, etc.
- 24% Linoleic acid compared to 21% in white chicken.
Besides helping you build a better immunity, one belief these tribals have that’ll interest everyone is of the meat being a natural aphrodisiac. They believe it makes you more potent and gives you more stamina. Hey, if you ask us, this may be the most compelling reason to try it at least a few times. We’re not laying any claims to its pleasurable benefits, but sometimes you have to take the tribal wisdom pretty seriously. And It definitely has scientific logic behind it. All the melanin pigment that makes this breed black, supposedly works like Viagra. We’re not finished yet. The Central Food and Research Institute, Mysore, studied its medicinal qualities and found it suitable for cardiac patients as it increases blood supply to the heart. There are many such researches done by acclaimed and reputable organizations that verify the medicinal benefits of kadaknath. Some of these benefits are:
- The eggs & meat are considered to help in treating abnormal menstruation (menoxenia) & sterility. Good news for women!
- All those amino acids, the iron and protein content mean it’s great for children and old folks alike. Children get the essentials for growth and the elders get a boost in immunity. It’s an ideal nutrition for high blood pressure victims too. That’s what we call a complete package!
- Moreover, it has been proven to be beneficial in curing tuberculosis, asthma & several other pulmonary conditions.
- It’s also helpful in improving fertility, increase levels of RBCs & haemoglobin & reduce the risk of blood cancer.
- Low fat & cholesterol and higher protein means it’s an ideal intake for muscle development & body building. Since it doesn’t produce any heat, frequent consumption of the meat & eggs will not produce any side effects.
- The eggs are highly effective in treating severe neurasthenia, headaches, headaches after giving birth, faintness and nephritis (acute or chronic inflammation of the kidney).
- High linoleic acid & low cholesterol means reduced risk of strokes, heart attacks, shrinkage of arteries & host of other critical cardiac conditions.
- Helps in curing Leukoderma, Osteomalacia & a several renal problems
- It’s helpful in reducing body fat & controlling blood sugar, which is good for diabetes patients
Why it is
A white leghorn hen is selectively bred to lay 320 – 330 eggs out of 365 days in a year, whereas kadaknath hen lays around 120 -130 eggs a year taking the same amount of feed as that of a white leghorn hen.
A broiler chicken gains 2.5 Kg of body weight in 40 -45 days. It inflates like a balloon day-by-day. Its genetically modified nature & intense rearing methods means that its only work is to eat and get obese. Even if you don’t kill a broiler chicken at 45 days of age it will die very soon due to obesity. kadaknath being a wild breed involves in lot of physical activity and its weight gain is slow and steady. A kadaknath attains body weight of 1.5 Kg in 120 -130 days. It takes nearly thrice the time to attain half the body weight of a broiler chicken. If you don’t kill the bird, it will live till the age of 12 years reaching maximum of around 2 Kg body weight only. So, our cost of rearing kadaknath alone is nearly four times higher than that of a broiler chicken.