Rotisserie chicken from Costco is well-known for its versatility, flavor, and low price of $4.99. For some Costco customers, the legendary roasted birds have a significant disadvantage.
This week, a Costco customer complained on Reddit that their rotisserie chicken causes diarrhea and farts. That Costco customer wasn't the only one who had stomach pains after eating the famous chicken.
"I have this problem with my rotisserie chickens too OP, so you're not alone," a Redditor commented.
The tweet sparked a discussion on why the famous Costco dish may be so unhealthy for digestion. Some users blamed it on chicken fat or seasonings.
Others suspected carrageenan, a preservative found in Costco's rotisserie chicken. This hypothesis could be valid.
Carrageenan, obtained from seaweed, stabilizes and emulsifies food. Carrageenan can cause bloating and cramps, however consumers "found relief when they discontinued carrageenan-containing foods."
There has been no human research into the digestive effects of carrageenan.
If it bothers you, avoid it or consume a small amount. Many people believe they can eat too much chicken. That's not good.
This year, Costco's rotisserie chickens have received a lot of flak. The famous birds were under scrutiny after customers complained of a "chemical" flavor in March.