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  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    Glenda Heywood I was ask about this question my research provided this information

    Eggs come from chickens, but they vary depending on how the chickens were raised and what they were fed.

    Conventional Eggs – These are your standard supermarket eggs. The chickens are usually raised in an overfilled hen house or a cage and never see the light of day.

    They are usually fed grain-based feed, supplemented with vitamins and minerals. May also be treated with antibiotics and hormones.

    • Organic Eggs – Were not treated with antibiotics or hormones and received organic feed. May have had limited access to the outdoors.

    • Pastured Eggs – Chickens are allowed to roam free, eating plants and insects (their natural food) along with some commercial feed.

    • Omega-3 Enriched Eggs – Basically, they’re like conventional chickens except that their feed is supplemented with an Omega-3 source like flax seeds. May have had some access to the outside.

    Conventional vs. Pastured Eggs

    In 2007, Mother Earth News magazine decided to test the nutritional value of pastured eggs and received such eggs from 14 different farms.
    They were measured in a chemical lab, then compared to the USDA standard conventional egg.
    As you can see, eggs from pastured hens are more nutritious than the conventional eggs you might find at the supermarket.
    They are higher in Vitamin A, E and Omega-3s. They are also lower in Cholesterol and Saturated Fat, but I don’t think that matters.

    Conventional vs. Omega-3 Eggs

    A study compared the fatty acid composition of 3 types of eggs: conventional, organic and omega-3 enriched (1).

    1. Omega-3 eggs had 39% less Arachidonic Acid, an inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acid that most people eat too much of.
    2. Omega-3 eggs had 5 times as much Omega-3 as the conventional eggs.
    3. There was very little difference between organic and conventional eggs.
    It is clear that hens fed an omega-3 enriched diets lay eggs that are much higher in Omega-3 than conventional eggs.
    This is important because most people eat too little Omega-3.
    Unfortunately this study didn’t measure other nutrients, only the fatty acid composition.
    A study I found on pastured eggs produced similar results

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