Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:55:29 +0000
Eventually I figured out that the “good” eggs are the local ones found at the farmers’ market. I learned that in most cases pastured chickens not only roam free, but roam on a green, grassy field – or should we call it – a pasture! Unlike cows, chickens do well solely on grains, BUT they are much healthier animals if they eat some greens and bugs as well. And as I’ve shared before, “The diet of the animals we eat strongly influences the nutrient quality, and healthfulness of the food we get from them, whether it’s meat or milk or eggs. *”
Healthier chickens (defined by diet and living conditions) = more nutritious eggs!
So, for a couple years now we’ve been almost exclusively buying our eggs from the farmer’s market. And what I’ve noticed is that – no matter what type of grocery store eggs we compare them to – you can see the difference. The color of the yolks from truly pastured eggs are a vibrant orange versus the pale yellow you typically find. And when farmers’ market shopping there is no need to comprehend the different egg labels because you basically “shake the hand that feeds you” and can simply ask the farmer about the living conditions and diet of their chickens in addition to the use (or lack) of antibiotics.
Farmer’s Market Egg vs. Organic Egg – 100 Days of Real Food
In an attempt to clear up some things, here is the low down on several frequent egg labels (based on information provided by the USDA and Humane Society). Read on to find out what the authorities terms what and what they mean precisely – if anything!
Egg Labels: What To Look For
I’ll never forget my first hunt to find “real” eggs back when we originally made our switch to real food. I’d read in Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food, that “pastured” was the best egg tag to search for yet when I visited three different grocery stores in our area – including health food stores – everyone basically looked at me like I had three heads. So, I went back to my research just to make sure I was not confusing the term “pastured” with “pasteurized” (two similar sounding phrases with very different meanings!)
Source: Natural Foods