All Eggs are NOT Created Equal

All Eggs are Not Created Equal

By Carolyn (Cary) Skelton, MS, RD, LD, ACSM HFS
KFC Coordinating Committe Member


Eggs are an excellent source of protein, Vitamin A and
Vitamin E. Eating up to six whole eggs a week, is a healthy
way to consume 42 grams of protein. Is there a difference
between cage free, free-range chicken eggs and
conventional, caged chicken eggs?
Simply stated, yes! Mother Earth News collected samples
from 14 pastured flocks across the country (some from
farmer Joel Salatin) and had them tested at an accredited
laboratory. The results were compared to official US
Department of Agriculture data for commercial, CAFO
(Confined Animal Feeding Operation) produced eggs.
Results showed the pastured eggs contained 1/3 less
cholesterol than commercial eggs, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3
more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, 7
times more beta-carotene.
We did our own (completely unscientific) demonstration.
As seen below, the egg on the left is from a conventionally
produced, store-bought egg. Notice the flatness of the yolk
and the yellowish tint in the egg white. Even as the store-
bought egg was cracked, we were afraid the yolk would
break. Compare it to the local, free-range egg on the right,
which was purchased from Karbaumer farm in Platte City
the day before this picture was taken. The bright yellow
(almost orange) yolk has a more defined membrane, and the
white is much clearer.
Sadly, hens on conventional, mass production farms live in
a cage the size of an 8×11 inch piece of paper. They cannot
move around and never get to roam outside. Their feed is
stuffed with growth promotants and antibiotics. Free-range
hens spend most of their life with their feet on dirt and
veggies in their bellies.
Which egg would you prefer to grace your breakfast plate?
Support local, organic, and free-range farmers and make

sure you purchase your eggs from truly pasture-fed flocks.
You will love the flavor of these eggs and you will reap the
health benefits from their higher nutritional value.
Nutritional Comparison of Free-range Eggs vs. Conventional Eggs
                                  Polyface Farm                            USDA 
Vitamin  E              7.37mg                                        0.97mg
Vitamin  A               736IU                                          487IU
Beta  carotene     76.2mcg                                        10mcg
Folate                   10200mcg                                      47mcg
Omega-­‐3s               0.71g                                           0.033g
Cholesterol          292mg                                          423mg
Saturated  Fat  2.31g                                              3,1g                               

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