Pastured Eggs. “You Are What Your Animals Eat.”
Testing has confirmed that true free-range eggs are far more nutritious than commercially raised eggs. The dramatically superior nutrient levels are most likely the result of the differences in diet between free ranging, pastured hens, and commercially farmed hens. In a 2007 egg-testing project, Mother Earth News compared the official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs with eggs from hens raised on pasture and found that the latter typically contains the following:
How to Find High-Quality Pasture-Raised Eggs
Your best source for fresh eggs is a local farmer that allows his hens to forage freely outdoors. Your local farmers market is a good source for fresh “pasture-raised” eggs and is a great way to meet your local farmer who produces your food. With face to face contact, so you can get your questions answered and know exactly what you’re buying. Better yet, visit the farm and take a tour.
Most will be more than willing to show you their operation, as long as they’ve got nothing to hide. Egg farmers should be paying attention to proper nutrition, clean water, adequate housing space, and good ventilation to reduce stress on the hens and support their immunity.
You can tell the eggs are free range or pastured by the color of the egg yolk. Foraged hens produce eggs with bright orange yolks. Dull, pale yellow yolks are a sure sign you’re getting eggs from caged hens that are not allowed to forage for their natural diet.
Pasture-raised eggs are pretty much the Gold Standard in egg production today!. There are many websites that provide good information like EatWild.com.
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