Confused About What Type Of Eggs To Buy?
What’s with all the different types of eggs you can buy these days? Since I know it can be overwhelming when you’re standing there faced with a bazillion different packages (and yes bazillion is a word, and you can’t prove otherwise), and because I’ve had readers reach out and ask what kind I recommend, I’ve outlined the most common choices you’ll see at traditional grocery stores and health food markets, and what they each mean:
Yup, just plain ole eggs. These are the type of eggs you’ve been tricked into buying for decades, if you purchase them at a store, rather than from a local farmer.
Pros: Cost. These will be the cheapest eggs you can find.
Cons: You get what you pay for.
These eggs are produced on what is referred to as a “factory farm“, from hens that are locked in cages their entire egg laying lives (typically 2-3 years, before being sent to slaughter). They are never given time outdoors or any form of physical activity. In fact, their feet will most likely never touch the ground before they die, and they are regarded as the most abused of all farm animals.
In addition, the cages are so small, that it doesn’t allow the hen room to even spread her wings, and nearly 100 percent of these animals sit and live in their own feces, and the urine and feces of the hens that live in cages above them. Due to the less than sanitary environment, the hens are pumped full of drugs, to keep them “healthy” and alive. This is, of course, a joke because these animals are woefully lacking in life giving nutrients which are commonly found in hens that live a more natural existence.
You can also be certain that these hens have been fed a diet that is completely foreign to their species. It is typically one that consists of genetically modified grains (yes, that disease causing stuff that you should avoid at all costs), and some are even fed ground up, male chicks! While I understand this is disturbing and unfathomable, I promise you that it is true.
So, if you’re looking for the incredible, edible egg… this ain’t it! ; )
Eggs From Vegetarian Fed Hens
This, in my humble opinion, is a great marketing ploy that food suppliers are now using to trick consumers into thinking that they’re getting a better product, and that these hens are fed a “healthy diet”.
Pros: Cost. Again, these will be one of the cheaper options available at the store.
Cons: This is just a slightly, and I emphasize the word “slightly”, better product than the standard egg.
Although these hens are not made into cannibals, and fed baby chicks, they are still fed a steady diet of GMO grains, and they are still subjected to the cruelty of cramped, indoor cages, which keep them from experiencing and practicing natural behaviors that hens require in order to produce the most nutrient rich eggs possible.
Again, I believe this is a great marketing ploy, and one that food suppliers are using to pass off a subpar, or even toxic product, as “humane” and “healthy”.
Pros: Cost. Although Cage-Free Eggs tend to be a bit more expensive than standard eggs, they are definitely not the most expensive choice, and you can even find this variety of eggs at big box retail stores, such as Costco.
Cons: The term “Cage-Free” has become all the rage lately. It implies that these animals are treated humanely, and that they have room to roam. However, upon investigation, you’ll find that this term simply means that the hens are not locked and stacked in cages. That’s it! This does not mean that the hens are ever allowed outdoors, and it does not mean that they are fed a healthy, non-GMO diet. It also doesn’t mean that they are consuming a vegetarian diet, and not being given other animals to eat. This is what Dr. Phil would call “a lie by omission” ; )
The fact is that the vast majority of hens that produce Cage-Free eggs are still raised completely indoors, in filthy conditions, and with hardly enough room to even move, causing the hens to peck at each other out of frustration.
So, you may be asking yourself why these eggs are more expensive than the standard type? The reason for this, is due to the fact that the hens are not in cages that can be stacked to the ceiling, as they are on factory farms. This means fewer hens can be confined in the same amount of space, and therefore fewer eggs produced, so the cost goes up.
Free Range Eggs
This is my top recommendation for eggs, and I also suggest that you only consume eggs marked as organic, or at the very least, from hens fed a Non-GMO diet.
Pros: Nutrient rich eggs from hens that live and eat more naturally.
These eggs come from hens that are allowed to roam free in a field. This allows the animal to peck, scratch and eat things (like worms and insects) that provide them with proper nutrients, as Mother Nature intended. This type of environment also allows the hens to socialize, spread their wings, and soak up Vitamin D from the sun. All of these things contribute to the nutritional value and quality of the end product… your eggs.
Still Confused About Which Eggs Are Best?
There are some brands that have variations or combinations of the types of eggs listed above, so just do your best to get the most nutritious product possible, based on what you can afford. Having said that, keep in mind that a dozen eggs could yield up to 6 meals or 12 snacks, so even a carton that costs $5 breaks down to less than 42 cents an egg. Pretty cheap, compared to what your money buys you at a fast food restaurant with food like substances that are void of any nutritional value.
When In Doubt, Read The Label On Egg Cartons
Still confused and wondering how you can tell if hens are raised humanely and fed nutritious and non-toxic food? It’s very simple.. just read the package, because you can bet that if eggs are from free-range, outdoor hens fed a GMO-free or organic diet, the food supplier will include it on the label.
Gina became passionately obsessed about spreading the message of natural healing after transforming her health and healing her body of life-long conditions with the power of a plant-based diet.
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