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Label-Able: Free Range

The labels on food today were standardized to make it easier for us to figure out what exactly we are putting into our bodies. The fact is, reading the labels is still downright confusing so let FIT make you label-able.

Free Range, or Free Roaming is a term we see a lot when buying eggs and poultry. Sounds healthy, but is it?

Free Range (or Free Roaming) is supposed to mean that the product comes from an animal that was raised in the wide open air. What it really means is that producers must demonstrate to the USDA that the poultry "has been allowed access to the outside." Five minutes may be all the animals get, but it will still be considered Free Range by the USDA. The terms are somewhat regulated by the USDA for poultry but not at all for eggs.

Fit's Tip: When it comes to animal rights, Free Range products are more humane (but barely) than ordinary products, but when it comes to your health Free Range eggs or poultry do not have any proven health benefits. I think they should change the label from "Free Range" to "Five Minutes is All They Got."

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