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Get Real: The Incredible Edible Egg

**This post is part of the Get Real series. Please remember that this is meant as a learning community. We know that many of you are passionate about what you do and we want you to express that, just please do so in a way that will be an encouragement and aid to others making a transition. We want this to be a “safe space” for participants to learn. For that reason, we reserve the right to delete any comments that are not handled in this manner.

There have been many reports in recent years as to whether or not organic eggs  are betterthan conventional eggs. Most of the reports I’m sure you have seen have stated there is no difference. Except there are great nutritional differences between the two.

  • Eggs from pastured hens have twice as much vitamin E and 2.5 times more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional caged eggs
  • Pasture raised eggs contain 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as conventional caged eggs. Hello sunshine!
  • Caged hen eggs are 21% more likely to be contaminated with salmonella because being in the caged environment can stress their immune systems.
  • Organic pasture raised eggs are free from arsenic, which if you have seen in the media today seems to be popping up everywhere.
Here are a few things to know however to help you decipher which eggs are for you:
  • Neither “Free Range”, “Cage Free” nor “Natural” are regulated terms that require third party regulations or certification. Therefore ANYONE can claim their eggs are so without any question.
  • “Pasture raised” is also not regulated, however if you buy your eggs at the farmers market or from a local farm, you can simply ask or look around.
  • “Omega 3 enriched” also not regulated, however you can look on the nutrition label and see the

    Pasture hens soaking up the sun

    amounts.

  • “Certified Humane” and “Animal welfare approved”are third party auditors to ensure the hens are getting the best treatments possible and the advertising is correct.
  • “Organic” is regulated by the USDA and farmers follow strict rules and pay a certification fee.
Looking to see what brands you have at your stores that measure up? Check out this scorecard created by the Cornucopia Institute. I will say I was very surprised after finding this scorecard! One of the farms that I grew up with in Northern California, Clover Stornetta, got a three egg rating which is still very good! I was pretty proud to see that!

There you have it an education on the incredible edible egg. Now what will you choose?

June Week One Action Item:

Each week we will try to give you some simple action steps to put this journey into practice. It is important that you start this journey by understanding yourself, your goals and perhaps your obstacles.
  1. Buy a dozen or half dozen eggs this week that are local (if possible) pasture raised and organic. See if you can tell a difference in the taste, texture, color etc.

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5 Responses to “Get Real: The Incredible Edible Egg”

  1. I’ve been stinking it up on most of the other challenges. I am using whole wheat flour exclusively. And I refuse to buy meat at the supermarket, local farm meat only. But dairy and eggs I will rock! We raise free range pastured laying hens and Saanen Milk goats for Fresh raw milk, but they are not certified organically fed. I sleep good at night knowing they are well fed and taken care of. I get to see how the milk is handled and make my own dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. I can’t wait to see what all you have to say on this topic and how I it compares to how we are currently doing. :) Thanks for this!

  2. LisaS says:

    I’m not sure where you get your data as there are no sources listed in your post but following is a veterinary study that refutes some of your post: http://www.actavetscand.com/content/51/1/3 I also live in Northern California and the above are some of the unfortunate mistruths that were spread far and wide by the HSUS in order to pass their unneeded chicken bill a few years ago. You may want to be aware that same type of bill was passed in Europe a few years ago and they now have egg shortages as well as eggs that are approximately $8 a dozen.

    • Kelly says:

      Lisa – I appreciate the link and the refute. However it’s just one of many studies and research that was done. There is always research to both sides. It wasn’t done in the US either, so I just encourage others to do their own research and make the choice for themselves which is the point of this series.

  3. Erin Ehinger says:

    While organic eggs have benefits, there are also benefits to modern conventional farming. Raising chickens in a modern farm with modern technology produces many more eggs in a smaller area. This is very important in a world that is rapidly growing in population where many people do not have access to food. It is important that people have the option to choose organic or non-organic. I will always choose non-organic if the option is available for my family of 3. Check out the website http://www.choose2choose.com/ for more information on food choices.

    • Kelly says:

      Erin I agree with you that not everyone has the advantage or options when it comes to buying organic. However as I mentioned before, I encourage people to educate themselves on BOTH sides of the coin and then make their decision. That way when making a choice to spend your money on organic eggs or organic produce you can make the choice to spend your money to what best fits your family.

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