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The Good Egg? It’s Complicated….

20 Jul

Who would have ever thought that buying eggs could be so complicated and confusing? I have discovered that claims can be very misleading to the buyer so beware! If you care about the animals and you care about what you put in your body, you will love knowing this info. In fact I was surprised myself at how misleading claims can be and feel much better knowing the truth!

Organic: Buy these! Hens are given only organic feed, no pesticides, antibiotics or hormones gmo. They must never be caged and must have outdoor access. Love this!

Cage free: Beware, totally misleading! Hens live in an open space not a cage or coop but the open space can be an overcrowded henhouse where they have limited or no space to move about and do what hens normally do.

Free range: Beware, misleading! Similar to cage free except the birds have some outdoor time. However, note; duration, quality and quantity is very variable and not specified.

Certified Humane Raised and Handled:  Amazing claim if you care about the animals. They are trustworthy and reliable. Meets standard of humane farm animal care-an independent organization, nonprofit. These animals are cage free with sufficient space to dust bathe and perch as a hen should do.

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3 Comments

Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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3 responses to “The Good Egg? It’s Complicated….

  1. Alison Howland

    July 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I know what you mean about ‘confusing’ and I thought cage-free was good, but it is unqualified…so Organic or certified human raised eggs for me! Thanks for blogging on this!

     
  2. David I

    June 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    You’re missing a category, and it is probably the healthiest and most humane of all: Pastured eggs. These egss are from hens that spend most of the day out of doors, foraging. (They are not strictly vegetarian-fed, as chickens are not vegetarian: they will eat worms, insects, lizards, and even snakes.) They are now often available in health food stores and at farmer’s markets, and there are some organizations that are being formed to certify their production processes.

    Mother Earth News did a comparison of Pastured Eggs versus standard commerical eggs and found that Pastured Eggs had:

    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

     
    • drinthekitchen

      June 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks for the great information! I will post this so that everyone can be informed…stay well!

       

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