Are free range chickens healthier than factory farm raised chickens?



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    Yes.  Free-range chickens are healthier themselves and healthier for the people who consume them.  To give you some data, free-range chicken eggs have

    • 1/3 less cholesterol
    • 1/4 less saturated fat
    • 2/3 more vitamin A
    • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
    • 3 times more vitamin E
    • 7 times more beta-carotene

    than commercial, caged chickens.  Also, free-range chickens do not contain hormones or antibiotics, which negatively impact the human body, since these are unnecessary additives (they prevent caged chickens from getting sick due to crowded and unclean cages, but they are given to all chickens regardless of whether they actually need them).

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    It absolutely depends on if they are really free range or labeled that way because they have a small access door and allowed to be called free range.  If they are calling cage free (but never going outside) free range and cage free – that also doesn’t qualify as being any healthier or better than caged chickens. 

    True free range, cage free chickens are not only allowed to go outdoors, but actually do go outdoors in the sunlight and dig in the ground for food with their beaks and claws as they evolved to do.  They eat greens, insects and their natural diest is varied (meat and veggies, but NOT simply being stuffed with corn and soy as well as additives and hormones etc.)  So if you find a source of true free range chickens, please support them rather than buying cheaper caged raised or labeled free range, but not truly free range chickens.

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