Question - does it make much of a difference whether or not chicken feet used for bone broth is organic? ??My local asian market sells non-organic for $2/lb, however the organic butcher sells them for $4.50/lb (the butcher said straight up that it is more expensive than usual because they don't get a lot of chicken feet in). ??Wondering if it's worth the additional cost (which I'm willing to pay if it makes sense).
Any inputs would be appreciated - thanks!
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on April 04, 2015
at 07:43 AM
I wouldn't worry about whether or not the feet are organic. I search out organic everything when I can, but the feet??I'd use anyway. They are full of collagen, calcium and will make the stock fabulous. Interesting article here
on April 10, 2015
at 01:43 PM
Another reason to be picky about the source of your bone broth ingredients:
"Several other studies have investigated the levels of lead found in the muscles and organs of conventionally raised chickens. ?? In each case, the lead appeared where it would be expected ??? i.e.?? in the bones, with much less in the skin and cartilage.62,63
Will any good come out of the shoddy Medical Hypotheses broth/lead study??? Yes, if it prompts more tests and better studies. ?? As Dr.?? Campbell-McBride puts it: ?? ???Many other practitioners now will test their meat stock and bone broth and the whole issue will receive a lot of attention, which in time will give us the full picture.???64
To that end, we would like to announce the results of testing performed by The National Food Lab on bone broth from grass-fed beef and pastured chicken from California.65 These two broths were prepared in stainless steel soup pots by the Three Stone Hearth Co-op in Berkeley.?? As tested on February 14, 2013 at a Minimum Detection Level of 10 parts per billion and again on March 1, 2013 with an MDL of 5 parts per billion, ??the results were as follows:
Grassfed beef broth. ?? No lead detected
Pastured chicken broth:?? No lead detected
Reverse osmosis water:?? No lead detected
The Weston A. Price Foundation plans to do further testing of broth, and it encourages consumers to know their farmers and the living conditions under which poultry and animals are raised.
The takeaway??? Dr. Campbell-McBride sums it up nicely.?? ?? ???As a whole, my position is unchanged:?? meat stock and bone broth are healing foods and they need to be made from the best quality grass-fed ecologically clean animals. . .??? 66 In other words, take care with the source of your broth."
on April 08, 2015
at 01:53 PM
@Matt_11 (and anyone else interested)
"New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops. Analysing 343 studies into the compositional differences between organic and conventional crops, the team found that a switch to eating organic fruit, vegetable and cereals and food made from them would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The study, published today in the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition, also shows significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals in organic crops. Cadmium, which is one of only three metal contaminants along with lead and mercury for which the European Commission has set maximum permitted contamination levels in food, was found to be almost 50% lower in organic crops than conventionally-grown ones. Newcastle University??s Professor Carlo Leifert, who led the study, says: This study demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals."
on April 04, 2015
at 12:17 PM
Of course it makes a BIG difference. Especially with stuff like bone and feet which are able to accumulate a lot of toxins, heavy metals, and stuff. Therefore you want your bone broth ingredients to be of as high quality as possible. If you can buy organic, then do it! Only caveat to that is to make sure that "organic" actually means certified organic and held to certified organic standards (as a minimum). Pastured, etc, is even more preferable.
Another caveat: buying stuff from China? Then you cant even be sure about the stuff that is certified organic (they systematically cheat and the environment there is alreadys o polluted as is).
on April 03, 2015
at 12:32 PM
Of course it makes a difference, why would it not? The feet are a part of the bird just like the breast, wings, legs etc. In fact, the feet contain mostly fat which houses any undesirable toxins that may be found in conventional meat as opposed to leaner cuts.??
I would go with the organic, if you can swing it, for 2 reasons: 1. $2/lb isn't much of a deal for feet. That's pretty much the going rate. 2. I tend to steer clear of Asian meats. They have much lower standards for livestock than even our factory industry here in the US. If you can't afford $4.50 I can assure you you can find regular USDA feet for ~$2 elsewhere if you look hard enough.??