– Contributed by – Nick Pineault, Creator and Author of The Truth About Fat Burning Foods
Claims on egg cartons like Free-range…pastured…organic…added lutein…added omega-3…can be VERY misleading.
So which ones are the best? The simple answer is, you want the eggs that come from the healthiest hens possible. In other words, hens need to have access to sunshine and be able to eat the omnivorous diet they’re supposed to. Yes, hens are in fact omnivores (mostly insectivores), and do not usually eat the grains most farmers feed them with nowadays. Eggs raised this way (“pastured eggs”) pack a ton more nutrition than regular factory eggs.
- 66% more vitamin A
- 200% more omega-3
- 300% more vitamin E
Very much like in beef, eggs’ claims are mostly not regulated. For example, a farmer could say that its hens are “cage-free” but, in fact, they could still be packed into an overcrowded barn in the dark, leading to very poor life conditions for them and ultimately eggs that contain way less nutrients in your shopping cart.
Also, another misleading claim (that just isn’t worth the extra money you pay) is “Added Omega-3”.
It’s true that using flax as part of poultry ration can increase the ALA omega-3 content of egg yolk fat. BUT there’s a caveat. This type of omega-3 is 8 to 33 times less absorbable than the animal-based omega-3 (EPA and DHA) naturally contained in eggs. To make it even worse, the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s independent lab tests revealed that certain enriched eggs contain less than half of the omega-3 claimed on the packaging.
The bottom line: just like buying grass-fed beef, knowing your egg farmer personally remains the best way to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you’re paying a premium price for. “Pastured” and “organic” are probably the two labels that I would trust the most, but if you’re still in doubt, make sure to verify the color of the yolk. If the yolk is a pale yellow, chances are that these eggs aren’t really pastured, but if it’s bright orange, you’ve got a keeper.
Important reminder: Of course, if you can only get regular factory eggs, remember that they’re still MUCH better than any granola bar as a filling snack, or as any pastry or cereals for breakfast.
Now, in case you didn’t already know, this type of stuff is going on EVERYWHERE at your local grocery stores and restaurants. Look…we all know that nutrient dense foods improve our health and ultimately our results, right? Might as well know you’re investing your hard-earned money to get the real deal. Don’t get deceived by these food marketers…
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