Corn fed chicken

Discussion in 'Dieting / Supplement Discussion' started by Rager Ivan, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Rager Ivan

    Rager Ivan White Belt

    Jun 2, 2009
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    Ok, according to the sticky if a chicken is'nt pastured half of its protein is for waste.
    So if I buy a corn fed chicken, does this mean I should only be counting half of its protein content when calculating how much i've consumed that day? :eek:
  2. MichaelDiamond

    MichaelDiamond White Belt

    Nov 12, 2008
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    Omnivorous animals like pigs and chickens have always eaten grain, grass, nuts, seeds, grubs, worms and other items. Making them 'vegetarian fed' is not their natural diet. (Non-ruminants have never been a positive source of Omega-3 EFAs. We get the necessary O-3s from grass/algae-fed creatures.)

    The problem with corn-fed chickens is not so much diet as it is the conditions in which they are raised. Confined (obviously), bad diets, diseased/medicated, force-fed for growth--a lot of bad things that make for less than perfect food for us.

    I Haven't found anything about the protein being depleted in chickens that are grain fed because, as stated earlier, chickens are naturally omnivorous as opposed to animals like cattle for whom being grass fed is much more important.

    According to this graph from the Journal of Animal Science in 1993, the main issue with feedlot chickens is a depletion of Omega-3s. IMO, if you take your fish oil there's little reason to justify paying more for "grass fed" chicken.

  3. Jimmy Smith

    Jimmy Smith White Belt

    Oct 4, 2010
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    Grass fed meat all the way. Higher omega-3's,BCAA and CLA.
  4. XTrainer

    XTrainer Red Belt

    Aug 4, 2006
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    Can you quote where you're getting the "protein doesn't count unless it's pastured" idea?

    EDIT: I see where you got that from. You just misread it. Whoever authored that sticky (Sinister, I think) was just pointing out the difference in Omega-3 ratios, I think. He certainly wasn't indicting the protein.

    Also, the sticky goes into plenty of depth a few lines down about pastured poultry, how there's nothing wrong with some grain in a chicken's diet, etc.

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