Get Healthier Eggs at a Local Farm Stand
I really enjoy reading Nicole Cormier’s blog because I always find great tips for healthy eating. I prefer to eat as fresh and natural a diet as possible. She recently posted information from a study done by Mother Earth News about the difference in nutrition between the eggs from a “pastured” chicken and the eggs you find in most supermarkets.
Here are the study results as reported in Mother Earth News:
The results from Mother Earth News’ latest round of pastured egg nutrient tests are beginning to come in. So far, pastured egg producers are kicking the commercial industry’s butt — woo hoo, go free range! We’ve invested a lot of time and energy over the last few years in researching the differences between the meat and eggs coming out of the commercial industry and those produced by conscientious farmers who let their animals graze on fresh pastures. In the past, we’ve found that eggs from hens raised on pasture, as compared to those commercially raised factory farm eggs, contain:
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene
Now we’re looking at vitamin D, which many of us do not get enough of because we don’t spend any time outdoors, and even when we do we use sunscreen that blocks vitamin D production. Eggs are one of the few food sources of naturally occurring vitamin D, and we wondered if true free-range eggs might be higher in this important vitamin, too. Our latest tests show that pastured eggs have anywhere between 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs.
My clients are particular about their kitchen remodels. I hope they are just as particular about the food they eat. Getting fresh eggs from pastured chickens is one food choice that can improve our family’s nutritional intake.
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