All about Pastured Turkeys

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and a pastured bird is THE BEST!

A few Key Points:

Remember the old adage, “you are what you eat”? Well, current research is taking that principle one step further. When it comes to meat, you are what your food ate. Most people recognize intuitively that animals raised outside — allowed to roam around and practice normal animal behaviors — are happier and better for the environment. In addition to the benefits to the animal and pasture quality, there are also benefits for us as “the eaters.”

Simply put, turkeys raised on pasture have an opportunity to self-harvest part of their diet. That means eating more “green stuff,” clover, grasses, or insects (that have also eaten plants, so the nutritional benefits of the plants gets “paid forward” to the turkey, and then to us.) This Thanksgiving, what health benefits can we expect to find from eating pastured turkeys instead of birds raised in factory farms?

Extra Omega-3:. Omega-3s are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae. Sixty percent of the fatty acids in grass are Omega-3s. Fresh pasture has two times more omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids. Grain and soy, on the other hand, have far more omega-6s than omega-3s. Therefore, when you switch to grass fed products, you are helping to correct the gross imbalance in the western diet. Eating a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids is linked with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and mental disorders. 

No traces of antibiotics or other drugs: In factory farms, a medicated feed is often used. That means the turkeys receive a sub-therapeutic dose of antibiotics in their grain. This is to keep them from getting sick because they live in a crowded, enclosed environment and have contact with their own waste that promotes pathogens. The antibiotics are prophylactic, meaning they are there to keep the animals from getting sick due to living in such close quarters.

So where can I find a pastured turkey? Right Here!

We'll be fresh-sourcing our turkeys this year from Forks Farm and delivering them FRESH, unfrozen to you just before the Holiday. Reserve yours today!!

 

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