Eggxam, Part 1

Eggs are arguably among Nature’s most perfect foods. But there are differences in nutritive value, egg quality and level of animal cruelty that depends upon where you get your eggs. The best situation is to find a local farmer who raises quality, free range, organic chickens. We have a client who supplies us with beautiful fresh eggs and there is nothing better than eggs from well cared for and well exercised chickens. The colors of the shells are amazing and the yolks are darker and more rich in flavor than most commercial eggs.


Pennsylvania State  University recently published a study that found that pastured hens – ones kept outside on different pastures where they can exhibit natural behavior and forage for bugs and grasses – contained twice as much vitamin E and 2.5 times more total omega-3 fatty acids as the eggs from caged birds. The study also found that chickens kept in cages had a higher risk of salmonella contamination than eggs from pastured chickens.

Animal Cruelty

More than 90 per cent of U.S. eggs come from caged hens. These birds have a space smaller than the size of a sheet of paper to move around, and live in filthy conditions. Often times they are put four or five chickens to a tiny cage. Chickens that cannot engage in normal chicken behavior such as pecking in the dirt become totally frustrated. Furthermore, the pressure of the wire cages against their feet causes infection and their feathers rub off against the side of the cages. They literally do nothing but sit around all day laying eggs. The result of this stress is that confined birds’ eggs contain less nutrition than eggs from hens with room to roam. Hens kept in these cramped conditions often kill each other because of their inability to calmly establish a pecking order natural to their species.

Next time we will eggxamine what labels on egg cartons really mean……..