6/12/13

Dietitian's Top Pick: Eggland's Best Cage Free Eggs


Eggscellent. Eggstraordinay. Eggceptional. All eggsactly right when describing eggs. But the truth is, some eggs are not all they’re cracked up to be!

The color, nutrient content, and flavor of an egg come almost exclusively from the feed given to the hens before they lay eggs. For instance, if a chicken is given feed with red peppers or some carotenoids (which turn into vitamin A), the egg yolk will be more red-orange than a chicken given feed corn or grass.

Aside from the color, there are other attributes than can differentiate eggs from one another. You may see terms like “cage-free,” “free range,” or “organic.” Each of these has slightly different implications. Cage-free eggs are laid by hens that have been allowed uncaged inside the barns, as the name would suggest. These hens do not always have access to the outdoors, however. They are allowed, like free range chickens, to engage in natural behaviors that are not feasible in caged chicken operations. Free-range eggs come from hens that have been allowed to access the outdoors to some degree. These birds are usually also uncaged inside brands.  On average, it is estimated that these eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, and increased content of beta carotene, vitamins A and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. Organic eggs come from chickens fed entirely organic feed, with no artificial preservatives, additives, or antibiotics.

Eggland’s Best Cage Free Eggs offer a multitude of benefits! They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins B12, E, and D, are delivered to stores within 72 hours of laying! This ensures freshness and high quality taste. Among the other attributes of these eggs is the fact that they have 25% less saturated fat than conventional eggs, and come from hens who are fed 100% vegetarian feed. They also earn a high NuVal score of 44! And on top of all of these advantages, Eggland’s Best Cage Free Eggs offer great taste at a competitive price—no eggsaturation!

Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 1 egg
Calories: 70
Fat: 4 g
Carbohydrate: 0 g
Protein: 6 g
Fiber: 0 g
NuVal: 44

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