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Benefits of Organic Chicken

author image Holly L. Roberts
Holly Roberts is an award-winning health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in health, lifestyle and fitness magazines. Roberts has also worked as an editor for health association publications and medical journals. She has been a professional writer for more than 10 years and holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in literature.
Benefits of Organic Chicken
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While buying organic products may increase your grocery bill, the health benefits are well worth it. Chicken is one of the best places to spend your organics budget, according to a study in the November 2010 "Foodborne Pathogens and Disease." If you're resolved to eat a healthier diet, consider the benefits of organic chicken and add it to your shopping list.

Fewer Toxins

Nobody likes to think of food that's poisonous, but commercially-raised poultry often contains hormones, antibiotics and trace amounts of pesticides, all of which can be a potential health hazard. Antibiotics used in commercially-raised chicken may be one of the factors that causes germ resistance in some people, and even small amounts of hormones can have a big effect, according to "Consumer Reports," possibly increasing the risk of cancer and early-onset of puberty. Commercially-raised chicken may also be exposed to other contaminants, like heavy metals that appear in some commercial chicken food.

Less Fat

Organic chicken tends to be less fatty than its commercially-raised relatives, according to the American Culinary Federation, which recommends adding a little fat to the pan when you're cooking organically raised chicken. Leaner cuts of meat make chicken an even healthier protein choice, and speed up cooking time to make it a practical choice for everyday cooking.

More Flavor

Another benefit of organic chicken is the flavor, according to the American Culinary Federation. Chicken that's not commercially produced tends to be more tender and have more complex flavors, and diners seem to prefer the taste of organic chicken.

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