If you have heard that naturally-raised, free-range chickens and eggs offer you a better bang-for-your-buck, it’s true. Free-range is better for us humans nutritionally and it is the best for the hens.
As it turns out, all those lower-priced $-a-dozen, commercial eggs at your supermarket aren’t providing you or the chickens much of a choice at all. Eggs are another example where extra care for the laying hens pays big dividends for you, the consumer, and it is also more sustainable for the chickens and the land.
Recent tests conducted by Mother Earth News magazine have shown once again that eggs from chickens that range freely on pasture provide clear nutritional benefits over eggs from confinement operations.
Why Free Range Eggs
Mother Earth News collected samples from 14 pastured flocks across the country and had them tested at an accredited laboratory. The results were compared to official US Department of Agriculture data for commercial eggs. Results showed the pastured, free range eggs contained an amazing:
* 1/3 less cholesterol than commercial eggs
* 1/4 less saturated fat
* 2/3 more vitamin A
* 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
* 7 times more beta-carotene
Excerpted from EatWild.com Full results of the tests are available in the October/November 2007 issue of Mother Earth News.
Check Eatwild’s Pastured Products Directory to find free range eggs near you.
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