Friday, July 16, 2010

The Incredible Pastured Egg

I'd been hunting for pastured (wanders in a pasture, not pasteurized) eggs for some time, and upped my search efforts after watching Food, Inc. I found them at Whole Foods, but at $6/doz, I was ready to give them up before paying that price!

Enter the wonderful Nature's Harmony Farms. I may have posted about them in the past, as we get our free range ground beef from them (and I got a stewing chicken). I also got pastured eggs from them for $4/doz!
Since I've been doing a lot of baking, I've really been going through eggs. I picked up a dozen of organic "free range" eggs from Trader Joe's to help round me out until I can get more eggs from the farmer's market. While making pudding the other day, I used 3 of the pastured, and one organic egg.

Can you tell which is which?

So what? You say?

At first, googling I found a story that made it seem like there was no real difference, but all you had to was click on a link in THAT article to get the real info.

From Mother Earth News (who lists several studies as well as their own), pastured eggs have:

• 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


I might go buy a package of regular conventional eggs and try to compare all three. I think it'd be interesting.


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