What you need to know about high quality free-range chicken

The food we eat is crucial for our health. More and more people are becoming aware of this fact and they are showing interest into determining what goes into their food products and how their food was raised. In other words, they are searching for healthier sources of food. According to many experts, free range raised animals are definitely a better option animals raised in a cage. This is especially true when it comes to chickens. Every year, we read stories about the horrible farming techniques and methods used in the production of poultry. (1) The conditions in which these animals live have a direct impact on the quality of meat. In order to understand why high quality free range chicken is better, we should explain what “free range” means.

 
 

What is free range chicken?

 

Free range is a special farming husbandry technique, in which chickens are left to roam free. (1) In other words, they are not confined or caged. There is no doubt that this is a much more humane method of raising chickens. The chickens are allowed to forage for themselves almost completely which means that they are practicing a more natural and healthier lifestyle. 

 

 

What makes free range chickens the best option?

High-quality free range chicken is superior to battery raised chicken in more than one way. To start with, when you consume high-quality free range chicken meat, you will see that your body is processing the meat faster and without any hassles. So, you don’t need any scientific studies that will confirm that free range chicken is better. When the meat is processed without any problems, this means that all the amino acids, proteins and other nutrients found in the meat are absorbed by the body easier and delivered to every cell that needs them.

While we are talking about the content, it is good to mention that high-quality free-range chicken has less fat. Since they have everything it needs to build more muscle, this means that they have less fat.(3)  It is interesting that free range chicken shrinks just a little bit when it is cooked and it is usually cooked with a small amount of fat. In addition, you can rest assured that the meat is not packed with antibiotics.

What is even more important is that there is a huge difference in the appearance and taste too. Free range meat has a much better taste compared to other types of meat. Those who have tasted it can confirm that it is much juicier. In addition, it comes with a natural light color. This is not a surprise because chickens that live in free range conditions have access to pasture, insects and other things that make their diet natural. They also have a chance to exercise which makes their meat softer and tastier.

 
 

Finally, don’t forget that consumption of high-quality free range chicken is a morally conscious decision. We hope that this article will encourage you to try meat like this.

 

REFERENCES

(1)   http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2007/05/the-difficult-lives-and-deaths-of-factory-farmed-chickens/

(2)   http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/food-labeling/meat-and-poultry-labeling-terms/meat-and-poultry-labeling-terms

(3)   http://www.ciwf.org.uk/research/food-and-human-health/nutrition/