Pasture Raised Eggs or as we call them… Self-contained sunshine gems!
There are several reasons to choose eggs from pasture-raised chickens over eggs from factory-raised chickens:
Animal welfare: Factory-farmed chickens are often kept in crowded and stressful conditions, with limited access to fresh air, sunlight, and space to move around. In contrast, pasture-raised chickens are free to roam and forage in a more natural environment, which can lead to a better quality of life for the animals.
Environmental impact: Factory-farmed chickens can produce a significant amount of waste and contribute to water and air pollution. In contrast, pasture-raised chickens help to fertilize our soil and contribute to a healthier ecosystem.
Taste: Eggs from pasture-raised chickens have a richer, more flavorful taste compared to factory-raised eggs. This may be due to the varied and diverse diet that pasture-raised chickens have access to, which can influence the flavor and texture of the eggs they lay.
Nutritional benefits: Pasture-raised chicken eggs tend to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin E, and potentially lower levels of cholesterol. Overall, it’s worth noting that the nutrient differences between factory-raised and pasture-raised chicken eggs may be relatively small, and the most important factor in egg nutrition is likely to be the overall quality and variety of one’s diet. But if you’re looking to maximize the nutritional value of your diet, choosing pasture-raised eggs could be one way to do so. Here are some key differences:
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Pasture-raised chickens tend to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their eggs compared to factory-raised chickens. This is because pasture-raised chickens have access to a more diverse diet, including grasses and insects, which are rich in omega-3s. In contrast, factory-raised chickens are often fed a diet that is high in omega-6 fatty acids, which can promote inflammation.
- Vitamin D: Pasture-raised chicken eggs may have higher levels of vitamin D compared to factory-raised eggs. This is because chickens synthesize vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, and pasture-raised chickens have more opportunity to be outside in the sun.
- Vitamin E: Pasture-raised chicken eggs may have higher levels of vitamin E compared to factory-raised eggs. This is because vitamin E is found in green leafy plants, which are often part of a pasture-raised chicken’s diet.
- Cholesterol: There is some evidence to suggest that pasture-raised chicken eggs may have lower levels of cholesterol compared to factory-raised eggs. However, the difference is relatively small and may not be significant for most people.
Antibiotics and hormones: Factory-raised chickens are often given antibiotics and hormones to promote growth and prevent disease. These substances can potentially be passed on to the eggs they lay. Our pasture-raised chickens are never given antibiotics or hormones, so their eggs are won’t contain these substances.
Ultimately, the decision to buy eggs from pasture-raised chickens is a personal one, and may depend on your individual values, priorities, and dietary needs. If you’re interested in trying pasture-raised eggs, look no further!