We all know just how unhealthy fried chicken wings are; however, Americans all over the country continue to stuff the calorie- and cholesterol-filled delicacies into their mouths due to the simple fact that they're tasty. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is giving pregnant women another reason to avoid buffalo chicken wings, and it has to do with their future sons' anatomy.
PETA has contacted Drew Cerza, founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y., which some consider the wing eater’s mecca, and advised him to ban pregnant women from entering the wing eating contest. PETA's reasoning? A study claims that women who eat chicken products while pregnant give birth to sons with a below-average penis size.
"Pregnant women may want to think twice before chomping on those chicken wings, or their sons could come up short," Lindsay Rajt, PETA's associate director of campaigns, said in a statement. "Chickens may be little animals, but they suffer in a big way before their wings are hacked off for a stupid contest."
Rajt is pointing to a 2008 study conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The Study for Future Families, a multicenter study of prenatal clinics, examined the health concerns related to chemical compounds known as phthalates.
Phthalates are present in a variety of consumer products including pesticides and plastic that have been known to contaminate food during production. Tests ran on lab rats revealed that phthalates exposure stunted genitalia development. “These changes in male infants, associated with prenatal exposure to some of the same phthalate metabolites that cause similar alterations in male rodents, suggest that commonly used phthalates may undervirilize humans as well,” said the authors of the study.
Even with PETA’s unorthodox warning, buffalo wing enthusiasts are undeterred and would rather heed their doctor’s advice. "If my doctor says I need to watch my eating then I’ll listen to the doctor. I’m not going to listen to PETA who claims it has defects," Buffalo resident Krystle Socha told Your News Now.