Seeing healthy happy chicken living out in green pastures gives off a feeling on happy farm life, especially when compared to a conventional mass production chicken house. But what are the real benefits of consuming animals raised on pasture? Results of a study conducted by the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association showed that meat from chicken raised on pasture had the following health benefits:
- higher levels of Vitamin D3 (the same we get from sunlight exposure) and E (408% higher)
- Omega 6:3 ratio of 5:1
- Lower in saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat
Many studies have shown that a lower Omega 6:3 ratio is better for our overall health. High levels of Omega 6 fatty acids have been linked to inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer and autoimmune disease. Conventionally raised chicken was shown to have a 6:3 ratio as high as 23:1.
Vitamin D3 is the same one we get from a healthy exposure to sunlight. It aids in calcium and phosphorus absorption needed for healthy bones and teeth.
Along with the nutritional benefits, animals raised on pasture are healthier themselves. They don't require the vaccinations and antibiotics of chickens crammed into a dim and dusty poultry house.
There are also the environmental benefits of raising chickens on pasture. The open air chicken tractors are moved daily, depositing their manure throughout the pasture. This fertilizer helps the grass grow lush and green. This lush green grass nourishes our grass-fed lamb. It's a beautiful cycle of careful pasture management the imitates the cycles in nature.
And then there's the nicest perk of all...our chicken tastes great!