In last weeks blog post, we highlighted the importance of using grassfed organic dairy. This is also true for chicken and other meats.
With the change of our food production in recent years, chickens have suffered greatly where a traditional factory farm has chickens cooped up in tight quarters and are pumped with antibiotics. Additionally, chickens today are fed un-natural sources of food such as corn that greatly changes their composition.
The alternative is free-range chickens and eggs that offers health benefits as well as a better-tasting product. These chickens are also able to have access to sunlight and eat plants and grubs in a natural environment.
Additional benefits include:
- Free-range chickens are believed to have higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A and E.
- Free-range chickens help the landscape of a farm where they can graze on insects and eat leftover crops.
- Movement, sunlight, and fresh air change the product (and taste) of the chickens.
- Free-range chickens are believed to have less saturated fat and cholesterol
- Free-range chickens and eggs have seven times more beta carotene.
Ideally, you should be purchasing chickens and eggs from a local farmer where you can see the condition of their farm as well as the conditions of where the animals live. You can also look for labeling that says 'Animal Welfare Approved' that ensures that your chickens and/or eggs are free-range.
Using free-range chicken and eggs is also a part of our ingredient standards where you will always find food that uses the most natural and traditional methods.