When debating the ill-effects eggs have on our health, the comparison between factory farmed eggs and free range homestead eggs are like comparing apples to oranges. Eggs have gone from “incredible” to the focus of cardiovascular complications and high cholesterol. SuburbanChicken.org blog lays out the facts finding the egg in its most organic state is a nutrient comprehensive, complete whole food noting:
1) There are no nutritional differences or differences in flavor between brown eggs and white eggs.
2) Pasture-raised eggs produce more of the positive HDL or good cholesterol and less “bad” triglycerides. (Nutrition, 1993)
3) A comprehensive source of antioxidant vitamins “A”, “D” and “E”, “Pasture-raised eggs have 10% less fat, 34% less cholesterol, 40% more vitamin A, and 400% more omega-3 fatty acids.” (per USDA Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education Program) An egg from a pastured hen has 30% more vitamin E (Animal Feed Science and Technology, 1998)
5) Vitamin “A” related lutein and bioflavonoid zeaxanthin, protect against macular degeneration.
6) Eggs are among the few foods containing vitamin “D”.
7) Contain the mineral selenium, a potent antioxidant necessary for both immunity and fertility.
8) Choline and homocysteine syntheses reduce hypertension, also instrumental for improved brain activity and memory.
9) B9 and B2 vitamins, folate and riboflavin, are present converting energy efficiently from this protein dense source.
Leslie of ‘Avalon Acres Farm’ suggests taking “one of your store bought eggs and one of my eggs, break them both into the same bowl to compare the yolks to further illustrate the benefits of free-range chickens”. The most notable difference is the outstanding, bright yellow pigmentation of the yolks, indicative of carotenoids rich in vitamin “A”.
Pasture-raised eggs as opposed to nutritionally modified agribusiness eggs are not prewashed. Eggs are laid with a “bloom”, a natural protective surface in the shell composition increasing storage and longevity. The bloom is removed when eggs are washed so it’s best to not wash them until just before use. Egg shells are prone to absorbing strong smells which can affect taste, therefore; refrigerate separately in a closed container.