A CP client whom I used to train sent me an email the other day that I thought was worth sharing with you guys as it is rather enlightening.
I thought this would interest you. I was talking to a patient today and spreading the good word about pasture raised chicken and how by eating it, makes the person that much more awesome. She had told me that she was allergic to penicillin and a bunch of other things. For about 2 years, whenever she would eat “chicken,” she would get sick. For awhile, she thought it was just a bad piece of chicken and didn’t think anything of it. She finally went to to doctors and had tests among tests done to try and figure out what was wrong. Finally, they figured out that the antibiotics in the “bad” chicken, most likely the penicillin was causing her to become sick. She tried pasture raised chicken and hasn’t had a problem eating that at all.
Thought you would like to hear about that.
That is pretty gross if you ask me.
Food is about more than just the macronutrients and calories it provides, no matter how many experts try to tell you otherwise. A chicken force-fed on a factory “farm” in an enclosed barn who never sees daylight while being smashed in with 10,000 other chickens and given antibiotics to prevent its crappy diet and unsanitary living conditions from killing it, is not the same as a chicken allowed to roam freely outside, eat grubs, maggots, insects or whatever it feels like and only medicated if necessary (just like humans should be).
While the breast from each “might” provide the same amount of protein, fat and calories, they are not equal. It is important to realize that the second chicken is going to have a significantly better fatty acid profile, with more omega-3′s and less omega-6′s. It also does not come with its own dose of penicillin! Finally, it tastes better and more than likely contains higher amounts of some yet unidentified element that is better for our health.
The longer we study food and nutrition, the more nutrients and elements we discover that have benefits to our health. More often than not, these elements are maximized when the food is raised properly, and not in some horrible mass production designed to maximize the company’s profit margin. Eggs are a perfect example.
Eggs from chickens raised in the healthy manner I described have been found to have 4-6x more vitamin D, 2x more vitamin A, 4x more vitamin E, 8x more beta carotene, and 3x more omega-3 fats! I can only imagine how much more choline, lutein, zeaxanthin and other beneficial compounds pastured eggs have over their conventional brethren!
It stands to reason if these well-raised chickens are putting out much healthier eggs, they themselves will be much healthier animals. Which would you rather eat: a strong and healthy chicken that produces nutrient-rich eggs, or a weak and sickly one that requires antibiotics to keep it alive and produces nutrient-depleted eggs? The choice is yours.
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