All About Eggs

Happy Easter Week!! pictionWhat’s one of the first things you think about when you think about Easter? Easter eggs!!  I decided to postpone my post about Natural Sweeteners to next week for this timely blog post about eggs.  Eggs are an amazing powerhouse of nutrients. But the nutrients are only as good as the hen! If the hen was not able to exercise and enjoy a healthy diet – in other words, if she was not raised well – then her eggs won’t offer as many nutrients.  Buy eggs from free-range hens. These eggs have high amounts of omega-3s and are a great source of EPA and DHA.

Benefits of Eggs:

  • Eggs are fantastic complete proteins. They also offer vitamins A and D, many of the B vitamins, choline, biotin, folic acid and potassium.
  • The color of the shell has nothing to do with nutrition – different breeds of chickens lay different-colored eggs.
  • Eggs are best eaten whole – the nutrients and fat in the yolk help to digest the protein in the whites.
  • Like the term “natural,“ the term “cage-free“ means nothing. To learn why “cage-free“ is just another marketing ploy, watch this PBS special “The Story of an Egg.”

When shopping for eggs, ook for:

  • “Organic”
  • “Free-range” or “pastured”
  • “Organic-fed” or “vegetarian-fed“ (although vegetarian-fed is not optimal since they may not be free-range eggs)
  • Buy local eggs whenever possible, preferably from local farms. Find a local farmer at www.localharvest.org.
  • Don’t bother with designer “omega-3-enriched” eggs. Omega 3s are highly perishable and can possibly make the eggs spoil quicker.

Check out this cute Easter-Egg-Nutrition FREE Download for more tips!

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