Benefits of Chickens and Pork Raised on Pasture
Raising livestock on pasture allows the animals to have comfortable, healthy living conditions. Confinement in crowded conditions or cold, damp barns can contribute to respiratory and other health problems for all livestock, including poultry. Pastured animals get more fresh air and exercise. When chickens are raised intensively indoors and deprived of greens, they produce eggs that are low in omega-3s. Eggs from pastured chickens and hens can contain 10 times more omega-3s than eggs from factory hens.
What Does “USDA Inspected” Mean?
USDA Inspected is a guarantee of quality. The meat is inspected to assure the consumer that meat products are clean, safe and wholesome for human consumption when purchased at a retail level. This involves inspection of the live animal, carcass, internal organs, plant facilities, equipment, personnel, and transportation system.
Meat inspection became law under the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906. It required inspection of red meat products sold in interstate and foreign commerce. The Act established strict sanitation requirements for plants and called for examination of all labels for truthfulness and accuracy. At Whynot Farm, our pastured poultry and pork is processed in USDA inspected facilities.
What are the Benefits of Grass Fed Poultry and Pork?
Pastured Poultry and Grass Fed Animals are lower in fat and calories
There is a difference between the meat of pasture raised animals and grain fed animals. The meat from grass fed animals is very lean lower in fat. So why is this important? Research shows that lean meat can help to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels.
Because grass fed is lower in fat, it is lower in calories. A gram of fat yields 9 calories, with 4 of these calories for protein and carbohydrates. The greater the fat content, the greater the amount of calories. Switching to grass fed and keeping your diet constant could shave off 5-10 pounds per year.
Pastured Poultry and Pork have Extra Omega-3s
Meat from a grass fed animal have 2-4 times more omega-3 fatty acids than a grain fed animal. Omega-3s are good fats play an important role in the body’s system. They are considered heart friendly fats. Humans that consume an adequate amount of Omega-3s are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure and 50% less likely to suffer a heart attack. They are also less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, ADD or Alzheimer’s disease. Other benefits of Omega-3s include reduced risk of cancer.
Where do you typically find Omega-3s? Foods such as seafood, nuts and seeds (walnuts and flaxseed) and grass fed animals. Omega-3s are formed in the choloroplasts of leaves and algae. Animals that have a large percentage of their diet made up of green pasture have much higher levels of Omega-3s in their meat and eggs.