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It can help to read through the official Whole30 rules several times. For example, here is a quote:


  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
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Would this then exclude eating corn fed chicken...?


nope. Although you are correct, grains fed to livestock can have impacts on the people eating the meat, the whole30 does not restrict you to only pastured chickens and pigs or only grass-fed beef, lamb and bison. When developing the plan, the Hartwigs felt getting sufficient protein had a greater health impact than getting only perfect sources of protein. You can do a whole30 and have great success eating only conventional meat.


That said: pastured organic chicken would be a better choice if you can afford it. Even pastured chickens are supplemented with grain somewhat. I wouldn't worry about that too much...and when considering what grains are used to supplement, I would first avoid soy with corn a little lower on the list.

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