Get Real: The Incredible Edible Egg
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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.
- 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
- “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.
There you have it an education on the incredible edible egg. Now what will you choose?
- 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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