Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Egg-citing News

            In my August blog post, I mentioned my family was raising free-range chickens.  The chickens have grazed all summer on insects, worms, grasses, weeds and extra produce from the garden.  We are patiently awaiting our first chicken eggs.
            Free-range eggs have many nutritional advantages over the USDA nutrient data for commercial eggs.  They have been found to have 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, and 7 times more beta carotene (Alterman, 2007).
Where do you find these nutritious free-range eggs if you cannot raise your own chickens?  Look for eggs at your local farmer’s market or local grocery store labeled “free-range.”  You can even find farmers just outside your town willing to sell you their extra eggs.


Alterman, C. L. (2007, October 1). motherearthnews.com. Retrieved November 3, 2015, from Meet Real Free-Range Eggs: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/free-range-eggs-zmaz07onzgoe.aspx?PageId=4


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