Burger King Goes For Free-Range Animal Products

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Burger King is now buying 2 percent of its eggs from producers using cage-free hens and 10 percent of its pork from sources that don't use sow gestation crates.

The company expects those numbers to double at the very least by year's end, and Burger King has told egg suppliers that it will look favorably on cage-free eggs when making purchasing decisions.

Burger King will also give purchasing preference to poultry suppliers that use "controlled atmosphere stunning," which is considered the most humane way to slaughter poultry.

Although these newer, cruelty-free pork and egg products represent a tiny fraction of Burger King's fast-food output -- the company purchases 40 million pounds of eggs and 35 million pounds of pork annually -- industry experts believe this move toward more humane and healthier food will likely trigger similar moves from competitors, even though BK says it won't use these new guidelines in their advertising.

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Dr. Mercola's Comment:

Citing growing health concerns, fast-food restaurants began a very public push two years ago toward choosing more natural options, even if they were a bit pricier than before. Fast-food giant Burger King has now set the bar a little bit higher.

Cage-free chickens and pigs have more room to roam, eat entirely natural diets and grow and live free of stress. This makes an enormous difference in terms of their taste and health value to you.

I am glad to see Burger King make the move in this direction. I rarely eat at fast food restaurants, and it probably has been more than 10-15 years since I last ate at a Burger King. However, when I did eat there it was my impression that they were the worst of the hamburger franchises and Wendy's was the best.

It is good to see Burger King take a leadership move here and hopefully serve as a model that may encourage other fast-food restaurants to make similar changes.

That having been said, while this is certainly a great move in the right direction, it doesn't compare to preparing your own meals if you want to optimize your health and live longer. You need to understand that someone has to invest time in the kitchen and prepare real food or your health will suffer. You simply cannot consume processed foods for long periods of time without suffering health complications.

If you violate this rule and choose to eat regularly at fast-food establishments you can be virtually assured that your health will suffer. It is not a matter of if you will get sick from this choice but when you will suffer a compromise of your health.

I do understand that with today's fast-paced society eating nutritious meals can be a major challenge for busy families; however, there are some healthy solutions for families (and individuals) on the go. If you're looking for some good ways to cook whole foods on the run -- and keep your day job -- I strongly recommend reviewing Colleen Huber's excellent article on this topic.

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