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Are free-range chickens more nutritious than regular birds?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Both types of chickens get a feed mix that's designed to prep them for market, and there's no evidence that free-range chickens are more nutritious. Ideally, free-range birds are more humanely raised, but the USDA only requires that certified free-range chickens have "access" to the outdoors. "That may mean the birds got to stroll on a cement slab for five minutes a day," says Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of Nutrition for Women.
Nope. Both get a feed mix that's designed to prep them for market, and there's no evidence that free-range chickens are more nutritious to eat. Ideally, free-range birds are more humanely raised, but the USDA only requires that certified free-range chickens have "access" to the outdoors. "That may mean the birds got to stroll on a cement slab for 5 minutes a day," says Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of Nutrition for Women.
 

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