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Posted on 06-05-2018

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Our office consistently recommends a diet full of fresh, real food (not processed), and most importantly, organic. But did you know that the term “organic” is being abused, especially when it comes to “fresh” eggs sold in grocery stores? Unfortunately, the word “organic” is starting to be used too loosely, which is misleading and confusing consumers.

When browsing the dairy section at your local grocery store for eggs, you will notice that there are a lot more options than those pristine white eggs that you would find in those Styrofoam containers. For example, “Organic Cage-Free” is a very popular phrase you will find. “Organic” just means the chickens are fed organic feed, but the conditions in which most of the chickens are being raised are most likely not the greatest. There is a big difference between “cage free” and “pasture raised.” Although the chickens may not be raised in cages, many still do not have access to the outdoors and usually are not offered much space to move among hundreds of other chickens. These conditions raise the risk of the chickens being contaminated with salmonella.

Pastured eggs are the way to go, and thankfully, many grocery stores are starting to carry them from local farms. If you cannot find any in your local grocery store, a farmer’s market or an organic farm are both great sources to find fresh pasture-raised eggs.

Benefits of free-range/pasture-raised eggs:

  • High in protein and healthy fat
  • Contain carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin- good for eyesight
  • Contain choline- needed for memory development
  • Contain betaine, tryptophan, and tyrosine- important for the prevention of heart disease
  • Contains twice the amount of vitamin E and omega-3 than cage-free eggs
  • Contains 38% more vitamin A than cage-free eggs

Remember, it is important to pay attention to labels on our food that we buy at the grocery store, even with food as simple as eggs. If you are going to purchase your eggs at the grocery store, and not at a local farm or farmer's market, make sure to look for the words "pasture-raised" or "free-range." 

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