Better Nutrition for Your Family - Eggs from Bonnie View KC
In addition to a diet rich in nutritious bugs (their best food!), they receive a special daily boost of transitional organic grain (transitional organic grain means that the farmer who produces the grain is using organic practices but has not yet met the 36 month requirement for organic certification). At night, they roost in their "egg mobile," which is moved around daily to provide them with fresh forage. "True" pasture-raised eggs are one of nature's superfoods for being a superb source of beta carotene, calcium, choline, folate, riboflavin, Vitamin A, D, E, K2, B-12, and zinc. Additionally, they are also an amazing way to nourish our bodies with Omega 3 fatty acids, including AA, ALA, DHA, and EPA.
Sad to say, the aforementioned benefits are only applicable to eggs laid by hens allowed to roam in the great outdoors, where they eat fresh grass and bugs and get lots of sunshine. Those are the only "true"pastured eggs. Pointing that out leads us to discuss an important issue: is there a "false" way to do it? Unfortunately, about 99% of commercial eggs, including the ones with the "cage free" and "organic" labels, do not meet that specification.
The established requirements for companies to be able to use those terms on their cartons can be confusing and are oftentimes ambiguous. Under their specifications, it is possible that "organic and cage free" or "free range" birds might never peck outside, eat bugs or see the sun. It is also possible for them to have their beaks cut and be subjected to forced molting. Not only is that cruel and inhumane, their nutritional value is much inferior!
Mother Earth News collected samples from 14 pastured flocks across the country and had them tested at an accredited laboratory. The results were compared to official USDA data for commercial eggs.
• 1/3 less cholesterol than commercial eggs
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 7 times more beta carotene
What is the best way to find eggs that are remarkably nutritious? Buy local from trusted farmers!
If you live anywhere close to the Kansas City Metro area, you are welcome to stop by for a visit to our conveniently located farm. Just let us know when you would like to come. It is very possible that we are your neighbors, or close enough, anyway.
We hope to see you soon at your neighborhood farm,
Steve and Justine
Note: We transitioned our chicken feed from non-gmo to organic on September 16.
Check out the links below before buying eggs in the store:
Full results of the tests are available in the October/November 2007 issue of Mother Earth News, or on their website.
Are Cage Free Eggs a Scam
Meet Real Free-Range Eggs
Why Organic Eggs from the Store are a Scam
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