Cage Free vs. Pasture Raised
Have you ever bought “cage-free” or “free-range” eggs thinking you were doing your health (and the poultry) a favor?
I bet you imagined that the animals are allowed to roam freely as they wish in lush pastures with a pretty red barn nearby, right?
Well, frankly that’s exactly what huge food manufacturers want you to picture in your head.
However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Which is why today I want to help clear up the controversy so you can devote your hard earned dollars to poultry raised in a way that serves your health, the health of the animals and the health of the environment.
So first things first, let’s define CAGE FREE:
The only thing that “cage-free” means is that the chickens were not confined to cages. That’s it. They are still typically confined indoors in very close quarters where they see no sunlight, have no fresh air, and cannot forage for insects or their natural diet.
Well that’s a lot different than what you were picturing, isn’t it?
Now, let’s talk about FREE RANGE:
“Free range” is another deceptive term that simply means the animals were allowed "access" to the outdoors. However, in most cases, the animals are still kept in large warehouses with one small door that leads to a dirt field with no grass or insects (the natural diet of a turkey). More often than not the animals have no idea the door exists and spend their entire lives indoors.
Yes, it’s sad but true.
And it’s for these reasons that I ONLY buy Pastured-Raised poultry. It’s truly the gold standard! Pasture-raised to poultry is the equivalent to 100% grass fed to cows. The animals are raised on pasture where they can root for insects, eat grass and seeds, get sunlight and exercise to their heart's content. Pasture-raised turkey (and chicken for that matter) can be very difficult to find but it is worth it if you care about your health and the health of the environment.
So the next time you’re at the grocery store, ditch the “cage-free” and “free-range” trickery and stick to Pasture-Raised for best results! And if you haven’t tried our Pastured Raised Turkey Sticks that come in mouth-watering Cranberry Orange and Original flavors, now is the time!
People are raving about them, they are AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) friendly, and YES — they contain probiotics just like our 100% Grass Fed Beef Sticks! Yipppee!
And of course they are free of:
- Refined Sugar
- Encapsulated Citric Acid
And all over crazy additives, just like all of our products will be forever!
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