Organic chicken not the healthiest option
Contrary to popular belief, recent research from the UK
indicates that organic chicken is not more nutritious than conventionally reared
chicken - in fact, researchers believe it is actually less healthy and also less
Tests undertaken on supermarket chicken breasts by food scientists at Strathclyde University
found that organic varieties were less nutritious and contained more fat than
conventionally reared chicken.
In spite of premium organic prices, the products scored lower in all the
nutritional tests in the study.
The organic varieties tested contained fewer omega-3 fatty acids and lower
levels of antioxidants, giving the meat an inferior taste. Some were found to
contain twice as much cholesterol.
The study throws into question the popular belief that the premium paid for
organic meat guarantees a healthier and tastier product.
"You could be better off buying conventional or free-range chicken. There
is no guarantee that organic chicken gives you more omega-3, better taste or a
lower cholesterol level."
Sales of organic food have doubled in the UK in the past six years.
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