How many times have you thought about the eggs that are sitting in your icebox? Where did you buy them? Where did they come from? Believe it or not, there is a lot to think about when choosing what type of egg you want to eat.
At the supermarket, there are many different containers, with many different labels to choose from. By and large, these labels are meaningless and have only slight differences in meaning; and these differences do not relate to the nutritional value of the egg at all. They generally point out the differences in the conditions the chickens live in… but that is for someone else to explain. I highly recommend you look into it.
So why in the world would I be writing a post about different types of eggs and yet I’m not willing to explain the labeling system to you? Because I want you to forgo purchasing the eggs you eat from the store altogether.
Now don’t get me wrong. Eat eggs. Eat lots of eggs. They are so very good for you. But purchase them from a farmer who raises pastured eggs.
Did you know that chickens are highly social animals? They need each other and clean, open spaces to survive. Did you also know that hens are NOT vegetarians despite what some commercial containers may suggest? In order to have truly healthy hens, they need to roam with other chickens through grass and eat grubs and other bugs.
When given what they need, they produce eggs that are the way nature intended… wholesome and nourishing.
In fact, according to a recent study published in the Cambridge University Press, pastured eggs contain twice as much vitamin E and long-chain omega-3 fats, 2.5-fold more total omega-3 fatty acids, and less than half the ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids. Also, the vitamin A concentration was 38% higher in pastured hens’ eggs than caged hens’ eggs (and grocery store ‘cage free eggs’ are not cage free– look it up).
A study published back in 2007 in Mother Earth News found that the pastured eggs contain ⅓ less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, and 7 times more beta carotene.
If all of these facts are not enough to convince you, I will give you a challenge. Buy some pastured eggs. Some high end or specialty shops may carry them. Crack open a pastured egg and a conventionally produced egg into the same pan. See the difference, then take a bite and taste the difference. I guarantee that you will feel as if you have never truly tasted an egg before. The color is different, the texture is different, but the taste. The taste is absolutely delicious!
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.
Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.