The study also claimed that chicken meat lost some of its nutritional value over the years, increasing concerns that the white stripes signified that the meat was gradually losing functioning proteins. However, a survey given as part of the study claimed that the white stripes only impacted around 12% of fillets, so it’s hard to make conclusive connections.
Generally, white-striped meat is believed to be safe to eat, although there is still another drawback: the taste. Compared to healthier chickens, the meat could be tougher, often being called “woody”. It’s also believed to have less flavor and doesn’t absorb marinade very well.