Sunday, January 16, 2011

Egg Nutritional Value: Commercial v. Free Range Duke It Out

So, after reading my earlier post about the tension between our dog and our flock,  you may be wondering why we're asking for trouble by allowing our little flock the run of our yard. Read on...

A 2007 project conducted by Mother Earth News (gotta love your mother!) comparing nutritional content of eggs from free range layers v. commercial layers. According to the article, here's the additional value you'll get from your free range chicken eggs:

• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

There's another value that the article doesn't speak to:  the intrinsic value of looking out across the lawn to see the happiest of hens foraging for bugs!

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