The PROOF! Pasture & free range chicken is NUTRTIONALLY BETTER than factory chicken.

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There is finally proof on which type of chicken is best to choose. With so many poultry options from free range to organic, conventional and cage free, it's not always easy to know which is best. But now there is scientific evidence that shows pastured chicken as being more nutritious than the CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) chicken factory meat that is sold in your typical grocery store. That's good news when it comes to choosing the type of chicken and eggs you are going to eat. The choice in poultry and organic meat is now clear, with a number of sources showing that free range and pastured chicken is better. The information comes courtesy of American science-based data that helps to support which chicken is best. Pastured chicken is a sustainable agriculture technique that calls for the raising of laying chickens, meat chickens (broiler chickens), and turkeys on pasture, as opposed to having the chickens raised indoors in confinement. Humane treatment of the birds and the perceived health benefits of the pastured poultry are causing an increase in demand for such products.

As compared to the CAFO factory farmed poultry, pastured poultry has been found to have about 33 percent less of the bad Omega-6 fat, 91 percent more of the good Omega-3 fat, about 47 percent to 80 percent better Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio depending on the supplemental feed that the chicken is fed, and 407 percent more Vitamin E than CAFO chicken. Pastured chicken also has 52 percent less Saturated Fat, 53 percent less Monosaturated fat, 32 percent less polyunsaturated fat and 50 percent less fat (all types). These are huge differences and goes to show the big difference between factory farmed chicken and pastured chicken, with pastured chicken being the much healthier choice of organic meat. Trans fats are the worst type of fats, often created by the chemical factory processing of vegetable oils using high-temperature oil extraction (often using petroleum based solvents such as hexane), hydrogenation, or deodorization. Because the oils have been deodorized, we can no longer detect when the oil has gone rancid, which enables people to unwittingly consume rancid oils. Deodorizing these oils is the same as a car manufacturer purposefully not installing the low oil pressure switch on your car's engine, so your engine will, in turn, be destroyed, and the manufacturer can then ell you a new car that much sooner.

Recent research shows that dietary cholesterol is no longer seen as a problem, and is essential for the building of healthy membranes within all cells in the body, so that would make pastured chicken better in 11 out of the 12 categories. The pastured organic free range is not fed a diet that contains soybeans, which are well known for their isoflavones (such as genistein and others, and plant compounds that mimic human estrogen). Soybean is the leading suspect in causing early development in girls. While the soybean is a relatively cheap source of protein, there is good reason for it being cheap, and people need to be wary of the hidden consequences of that cheap protein source and be sure to purchase poultry that hasn't been fed a diet containing soy.

In short, you want to buy pastured, organic free range chicken, especially if the poultry is fed a non-soy ration to help supplement its natural diet of grass and bugs. That's the best chicken to buy for both you and the planet. You will find this information and article on poultry on the Small Flock Chicken Farmers of Canada site. On the site, you will find all sorts of information about organic free range poultry, how organic food is healthier, organic meat and more. **

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