How Choosing Pasture-Fed Hens' Eggs Benefits your Health
Egg cartons increasingly bear labels identifying them as cage-free or pasture-fed. But do either of those labels make a difference to anyone besides the hen that lay those eggs? Yes, say nutritionists.
Cage-free (often called free-range) hens free-range hens get a little more freedom to move around, but the real benefit is that they’re also more likely to be pasture-fed. This means that, in addition to grain diets, laying hens also enjoy a diet of grass and insects. By comparison, caged hens are fed grain diets only. Here's why that matters:
More Vitamins A and E: Free-range eggs contain some 67 percent more vitamin A and up to three times more Vitamin E than do caged hen eggs. Vitamin A is important for the development of teeth, bones and soft tissue, as well as good vision. And vitamin E benefits your blood and circulatory system. Plus, it's a powerful antioxidant.
Less cholesterol and fat: Eggs from pasture-fed and free-range hens contain a third of the cholesterol and a fourth of the saturated fat as those from caged hens.
Omega-3 fatty acids: These polyunsaturated fats can help reduce the risk of multiple health conditions including digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, diabetes, stroke and certain cancers. It also helps you shed weight and belly fat.
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