This study PROVES that pasture free range chicken is BETTER than factory chicken...
There has been lots of debate over the years over whether pasture free range chicken is, in fact, better or more nutritious than factory chicken, but the proof is now here. The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association conducted a study comparing the nutrition between pasture-raised chicken and factory chicken, and the pasture-raised chicken was deemed the most nutrient-rich of the two. Starting in the year 2000, the APPPA started looking into the differences between free range chickens and factory chickens by analysing different cuts of chicken, chickens purchased at farms and stores, or chickens that were fed differently, whether it be soy-based protein, corn, fish meal, or any other type of food. Despite the variety of chicken breeds, feed, or other components, the pasture-raised chickens always starkly contrasted the factory-raised chickens with better nutrition. The APPPA proved that free range chickens have higher vitamin E, lower cholesterol and saturated fat, and higher omega 3 fatty acids, than factory chickens, which make it the best choice to purchase.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a beneficial fat to get in your diet because they counteract harmful Omega 6 fatty acids, which pasture-raised chickens are low in. Comparatively, factory-raised chickens are higher in Omega 6, due to their feed often being soy-based protein, and containing more fat than their counterparts. Omega 6 fatty acids have been linked with heart disease and heart attacks, and therefore, it is a good idea to limit those and choose the free-range bird instead of the commercially-raised one. This doesn’t mean that a free-range chicken won’t ever be fed soy, but it is an excellent idea to look into exactly what kind of feed your chicken gets, and buy one that was fed as little soy as possible. Besides soy feed providing chickens with higher amounts of omega 6 fatty acids, the consumption of soy in humans has been linked to a rise in genistein, which mimics estrogen, and may cause girls to enter puberty early. For this reason, while soy may be a cheap feed option for chickens, or even for humans who are looking for a protein substitute to meat, it is a good idea to limit the consumption of soy.
Pasture raised chickens also contain a lower amount of cholesterol to commercially-raised chickens. Cholesterol is a fatty-type substance that is necessary to the body by producing hormones and vitamin D but can also pose a danger if it builds up in arteries. Since the human body produces most of what is needed naturally, cholesterol should be limited to food. As a result, the lower cholesterol pasture raised chicken is beneficial to include in your diet. Besides having lower cholesterol than other chickens, pasture raised chicken also contains higher amounts of vitamin E, which can balance cholesterol levels in the body, as well as help maintain healthy skin and eyes.
Due to the large quantity of fat in factory chickens, it is surmised that they are linked with monetary waste since they render out a ton of fat that isn’t used in the kitchen, the meat shrinks, and you have less to feed the family. In contrast, pasture-raised chickens don’t render out as much fat, and therefore, you are getting your money’s worth. If you have always heard that pasture-raised chickens are better and more nutritious than factory chickens, this effective study shows that hypothesis is true through investigating numerous chickens raised in different environments with different kinds of feed. Whether you would like to feed your family more nutrient-rich meat, or simply want the meat to go further, the proof is here, that pasture-raised free-range chickens are best.
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