|Buff Orpingtons in the compost pile|
|store bought eggs on the left and farm fresh on the right|
I used eggs of the same size for this comparison
According to testing done comparing the official USDA nutrient content of commercial mass produced eggs versus free-range, pasture raised hens, the results were more than amazing. The data revealed that free-range hens produced eggs that had 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 300% more vitamin E, 200% more Omega-3 fatty acids, 700% more beta carotene, and 4 to 6 times more vitamin D! I'd say hands down that free-range, farm fresh eggs are the bomb! Not only are they nutritionally superior, but they are far less likely to contain harmful bacteria like salmonella. If that hasn't convinced you than do a quick search on the treatment of commercial egg producing hens and take a look at the deplorable living conditions those poor chickens are subjected too. I know my chickens enjoy the freedom to scratch around, take dust baths and spread their wings. Happy hens lay healthy eggs!
I did a side by side egg pictorial so you could see the visible differences.
|Notice the pale yellow of the store bought egg vs the bright orange of the fresh egg.|
|the color difference is even more visible in the pan and |
you can see how the white holds it's shape
The taste test!
|once again the difference in coloring is starkly visible|
while the difference in taste is amazing
If you've never had the chance to eat free-range, farm fresh eggs, you really ought to give them a try. They are wonderful and taste delicious. Once you try them you won't go back to the bland and rubbery mass produced eggs they sell as food in the stores. You can find farm fresh eggs at your local farmer's market or even at rural produce stands. You may pay a little more but they are worth it and your body will thank you!