Conventional vs. Pasture-Raised Eggs

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Amy Krasner

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There are quite a few different egg options at the grocery store today, which can be a little confusing. They all come from chickens, but depending on what the chickens were fed and how they were raised has a big impact on the nutrition quality of your eggs.

 

 

 Conventional Eggs 

§  Chickens eat grains which results in a pale yellow yolk

 

§  Overall quality of life is poor, although they are no longer kept in small cages, they have limited access to outdoors.

 

§  Lifestyle is stressful- affects egg quality when the chickens are stressed. This creates more omega 6 fats in the eggs which are pro-inflammatory

         Pasture-Raised Eggs

§  Chickens eat grass and seeds which results in a nutritious deep colored orange yolk

 

 §  Chickens have access to the outdoors where they can roam around stress-free

 

 §  Happy and healthy chickens produce eggs that are higher in Omega-3 fats which are anti-inflammatory

 

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There’s some pretty significant differences between conventional and pastured eggs, if you want to learn more about the nutrient value difference click on and continue reading Liz’s nutrient breakdown on her website Real Food Liz. When you support pastured egg farms, you’re supporting your health and healthy chickens. Organic pasture eggs are your best option, and your next best option are organic free-range. You can find organic pastured eggs at some grocery stores, but the ones at your local farmer’s market will taste the best.

 

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