Why choose Pasture-Raised Eggs?

Dec 4, 2014 by

Why choose Pasture-Raised Eggs?

Pasture-raised – True free-range eggs from hens raised on grassy pastures are more nutritious than those obtained from cage-free, confinement operations, or battery cages.

By dining on wild grasses and bugs, the chickens are getting a whole lot more vitamins and minerals than they would on a corn-based feed alone.  Add in the clear benefits of the outdoor lifestyle – cleaner, less stressful, less competitive, plenty of fresh air and sunlight – and it’s obvious why the eggs are so much better and healthier.

In addition, organic pasture-raised Chickens are not given Antibiotics or RbST Growth Hormones, neither of which would you want to ingest from eating their eggs.

(Note: that the “pasteurized” label is sometimes mistaken for a pastured, but “pasteurized” actually just means that eggs have been treated to eliminate salmonella bacteria so that they may be eaten raw.)

From a Mother Jones Earth study of conventional vs pasture-raised eggs, the pasture-raised egg contains:

1/3 less cholesterol

1/4 less saturated fat

2/3 more Vitamin A

2 times more omega-3 fatty acids

3 times more Vitamin E

7 times more beta carotene

Another study showed that the significant sunlight exposure the hens enjoy translates from the sun, to the hens, to the eggs, in the form of increased levels of Vitamin D – by as much as 4 to 6 times more than conventional eggs.   Other tests have also shown that pasturing yields higher levels of folic acid and measurable levels of Vitamin C.

According to the definition of pasture-raised by Certified Humane®, chickens need to live and roam on at least 108 SF of pasture during daylight hours.



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