Do Free Range Hens Really Produce Healthier Eggs?

Free Range Chicken

Many grocery shoppers opt for buying free-range eggs out of a sense of benevolence. After all, the idea of any animal being caged up for days is a bit of an emotional downer. But there's another reason to look for that free-range label. Since the 1970s, study after study shows that eggs from hens with access to pasture actually are healthier than those produced by caged hens.


It all comes down to that tried-and-true adage - "You are what you eat."  That's why it's important to look not only for the free-range label, but the words "pasture fed" as well. Pasture fed chickens eat a diet of grass and bugs in addition to a grain diet, whereas caged hens are fed strictly grain diets. As a result, pasture-fed flocks produce far healthier eggs.


Among the benefits:


  • Less fat and cholesterol: One study showed that eggs from pasture-fed free-range hens contain a third of the cholesterol and a fourth of the saturated fat as those from caged hens.  

  • More Vitamin A: Research shows that free-range eggs contain up to 67 percent more vitamin A, important for the development of teeth, bones and soft tissue, as well as good vision.

  • More vitamin E: Free-range and grass-fed eggs have been found to have up to triple to vitamin E than their conventional counterparts. Not only is vitamin E great for your blood and circulatory system, it's also a powerful antioxidant.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: These are polyunsaturated fats known to help decrease the risk of a range of health maladies including diabetes, stroke, digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and dementia. Plus, it's key in reducing weight and belly fat.


So there you have it - Happy chickens DO make healthier eggs. For more weight loss tips and guidance, call 800-501-8090 to find your nearest Metabolic Research Center.



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