Free-Roaming versus Pasture-Raised Eggs

Pasture Raised Hens

Not all eggs are laid equally

Healthy eggs contain the omega 3 fat DHA, vitamin D and E; necessary nutrients for managing weight loss goals. Choosing which type of eggs to buy is often a question we hear from our clients at the Metabolic Research Center.

"Free range" "pasture-raised" "organic"... What's an egg shopper to do with all of these labels? If your goal is to consume the most healthy, ethically raised foods you can, let our egg discussion guide you.

Benefits of pasture-raised eggs:

  • 1/3 less unhealthy cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 5 times more vitamin D
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene

How to choose healthy eggs

Semantics in labeling of food products can be confusing even where "healthy foods" are involved. Where eggs are concerned, smaller, local farms with varying degrees of pasture-raised egg-laying hens is ideal. Bottom line is that a pasture raised hen is the only true freely roaming bird on the farm. These birds enjoy organic diets and an organic habitat. Either know your farmer or go for the organic stamp of pasture-raised.

Far too much variability exists in the labeling of "free range" or "cage free". Naturally many of us picture a freely roaming bird when we read these terms, but the reality is while the hens are raised indoors and do have access to roam at some point outdoors, there is no standardized requirement for how much outdoor access they must get. There is also no guarantee of a pasture-fed diet for these hens.

At Metabolic Research Center, we look forward to supporting your goals for weight loss by helping you understand where your food comes from.


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