Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pastured Eggs are the new SuperFood

I came across a great article today which detailed the nutritional differences between "supermarket" eggs from factory farms (even organic) and the eggs from chickens raised on green rotated pastures where they can forage.

That’s the conclusion reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Their testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may 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
These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators.*

It's important to note that "free range" supermarket eggs are nutritionally similar to conventional eggs. The reason pastured eggs are so nutritious is that the chickens get to supplement their diets with abundant fresh plants and insects. (Having little doors on the side of a giant smelly barn just doesn't replicate that.)

Read the entire article sure to view the embedded video from Cornucopia Institute which details some disturbing information about "factor organic" eggs plus 10 great egg recipes.

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