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Buying Chicken isn’t like it used to be

Fitastic December 19, 2013

Food for Thought: Eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used on animals,which could be contributing to antibiotic resistance in humans. Antibiotics are used on animals to make them quickly grow. 

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What does the label really mean? With labels like “100% natural,” “organic,” “grain-fed” and “free range,” its easy to get confused.

100% Natural: According to the United States Department of Agriculture, this means the poultry doesn’t contain artificial ingredients like preservatives. But experts warn that there are no guarantees, since no inspections are done to make sure the claim is true.

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Organic: If chicken or other poultry products are labeled “organic,” they must meet much stricter standards. Inspections are conducted, and organic chicken cannot contain artificial ingredients, hormones or antibiotics.

Grain-Fed: This is supposed to mean the chicken wasn’t fed animal byproducts, but just like “100% natural” and “free range,” there’s no outside monitoring of this claim.

Free Range: This could be the most confusing label of them all. According to experts, Chicken labeled “free range” (A kinder farming practice) Should be leaner. “Free range doesnt always mean that the animal has been in an open area its whole life. It may mean it was in a restricted area and let out into an open area only one time during its life.


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