Free Range Hens Mean Healthier Eggs
If you've ever spent a few extra minutes in front of a grocery store cooler contemplating whether the living conditions of the hens that lay the eggs you're about to buy warrants the extra dollar or so you'll spend, take note. Free range hens do have it better than their constantly caged counterparts. And you benefit, too. Here's why.
It all comes down to that old adage - "You are what you eat." Free range hens are more likely to be pasture-fed, which means they eat a diet of grass and bugs in addition to a grain diet. By comparison, caged hens are fed strictly grain diets. As a result, pasture-fed flocks produce far healthier eggs.
Among the benefits:
More Vitamin A: Research shows that free-range eggs contain upward of 67 percent more vitamin A, which is important for the development of teeth, bones and soft tissue, as well as good vision.
More vitamin E: Free-range and grass-fed eggs also have been found to contain up to triple the vitamin E than their conventional counterparts. Not only is vitamin E great for your blood and circulatory system, it's also a powerful antioxidant.
Less cholesterol and fat: 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.
Omega-3 fatty acids:These are polyunsaturated fats areknown 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 yes, it's true - Happy chickens DO make healthier eggs. For more weight loss tips and nutrition, call 800-501-8090 to find your nearest Metabolic Research Center.
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