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Is Tyson Natural Chicken really healthy?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I'm probably going to get hammered for this question but is Tyson's no hormones no antibiotics chicken healthy? This is a major conglomerate and that usually means deceptive advertising.

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on August 27, 2013
at 01:25 AM

HA! well dont worry there is an antibiotic for that

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on August 26, 2013
at 08:51 PM

That pic is similar to the average person in 1950 compared to 2008 also.

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on August 26, 2013
at 02:11 PM

Short answer: yes it is more healthy

Long answer:

It is illegal for any farmer to use hormone treatment on chickens, regardless of sunny pastures or dank factory buildings. Companies use this to there advantage by putting hormone free on their packaging, suggesting that other farms do use hormones. Again, no one uses hormones on chicken, it is illegal

"Hormones are not allowed in raising hogs or poultry. Therefore, the claim ???no hormones added??? cannot be used on the labels of pork or poultry unless it is followed by a statement that says ???Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones"

-USDA

Anitbiotics are used in many chicken farm sincluding many of tysons. They serve as a disease deterrent and growth promoter. They are more worrisome. They are tied to higher rates of food borne illness and are signs of unhealthy and unnatural conditions. (bird in the pasture dont need shots).

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If paleo is about getting cur diet closer to actual food, it intuitively makes sense to insist on meat raised without antibiotics. Considering how far a factory bird has wandered from the hen we once knew.

I am lucky enough to buy whole chickens from the farmers market.I eat the bird, stock the head neck feet and bones, and save all rendered fat for later use. I get my moneys worth.

i know this chicken is raised in as chicken, doing chicken things, eating chicken things, and dying the natural chickens death. I think and animals well being should reflect the sacrifice it makes on my behalf. I would not buy tyson for that reason.

If pastured chick is not available i certainly understand. Go for farms that do it better for every bird rather than certain ones.

Cage free and free range still mean big warehouse but is is certainly better.

Certified organic at least ensures that the bird is fed GMO free grains.

Vegetarian diet is a funny label since chickens naturally love little critters, but at least it means they are not fed cow or pork meal.

http://www.maryschickens.com/ is common in california markets, they do a clean job.

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on August 26, 2013
at 08:51 PM

That pic is similar to the average person in 1950 compared to 2008 also.

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

(485)

on August 27, 2013
at 01:25 AM

HA! well dont worry there is an antibiotic for that

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on August 31, 2013
at 11:45 PM

Thank you for the thoughtful responses. The information is very helpful.

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on August 26, 2013
at 01:35 PM

Personally I would never buy organic pastured chicken. If I am going to spend that premium price, I am going to buy a premium meat instead, and chicken just isn't that. Now, I do buy pastured eggs, and only grass-fed pastured beef, but in my mind chicken just isn't worth it for the extra price. Then again, I probably only buy chicken once or twice a month, so it is not a staple item for me.

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on August 26, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Tyson advertises that their chickens are fed soy, which is a no-go for those with soy sensitivities. Also, 90+% of soy in the US is GMO. They are CAFO chickens and, no matter how cute the ads are, the chickens are raised in abusive situations. Chickens are also not vegetarians and chickens that are fed a vegetarian diet are not eating optimally.

All of that aside, you must do what you can with what you have. If buying organic or pastured chicken is out of your price range, Tyson is as good as any.

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on August 26, 2013
at 05:07 AM

Even if it isn't pastured, antibiotic and hormone free anything is better than the usual conventional stuff. Most of us do buy this type of chicken anyway, whether we buy the same brand, from farms, or from other brands.

The only concern is the feed... but most chicken is fed some corn, grain or soy. To avoid this, you can probably look into buying chicken from US Wellness Meats. I think that they have soy free, pastured chicken. I'm not sure.

or, you can go the easier (better) route and just buy lean chicken and add healthy fats.

Personally, I don't think there is anything too bad about it though. Try to eat more high quality pork and grass-fed beef.

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