Although they were much smaller than those found in the market today, Granny’s chickens were much more tasty and satisfying.  Getting their nutrition on bugs, grass, a bit of chicken feed, and “slop,” which was the name for what was left on our plates after dinner, they freely roamed the barnyard.  Chemicals and antibiotics (which fatten up chickens today) were never a part of their diet and they had plenty of fresh air and sunshine.  Organic, pasture-raised chicken is something to consider adding to your lifestyle of LIVING YOUNGER.

Also known as pastured poultry, chickens raised with a natural lifestyle can be organic or nonorganic.  Conversely, an organic label does not guarantee that the meat is pasture-raised.  When possible, purchase organic chicken because organic standards help lower the risk of contaminated feed, minimize your intake of chemicals, and are thought by some researchers to contain a higher nutrient quality.  Also, you have to do your detective work to find out what a particular producer means by “free range” or “cage free” because the labeling laws are quite vague and these may be meaningless.  The chickens may actually spend very little time outdoors so it’s worth it to find out if you’re getting your money’s worth.  

Chicken is considered a “complete protein.”  This means that they contain all nine of the essential amino acids.  The family of amino acids are the individual building blocks of proteins and the term “essential” means that our bodies cannot produce them.  We must get them from food.  Proteins are absolutely necessary for health, including new cell formation, muscle healing, and the manufacturing of enzymes, hormones and antibodies.  

Chickens that are raised in the pasture and allowed to eat bugs and grasses are also rich in “essential fatty acids,” also known as EFA’s.  Like essential amino acids, the body cannot produce essential fatty acids and they must come from the diet.  Linoleic acid (Omega 6) and alpha-linolenic (Omega 3) are two primary ones.  They are necessary for:

  • Proper thyroid and adrenal functioning
  • Hormone production
  • Formation of healthy cell membranes
  • Transportation and breakdown of cholesterol
  • Immune and inflammatory response regulation
  • Brain and nervous system function
  • Blood pressure regulation

START SOMEWHERE today giving your body more of what it craves to thrive and to LIVE YOUNGER.  Pasture-raised chicken like Granny used to prepare is a great place to start.  A portion the size of your palm provides you with essential amino acids and fatty acids to help your body repair and function optimally.  Small changes yield big results.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Pasture-Raised Chicken

Pasture-Raised Chicken