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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Eggs Rankings – The BAD and the GOOD

Are eggs healthy, safe, and are they all equal?
It depends, it depends, and no.
They are healthy and safe if you choose high quality eggs.  They are definitely NOT all equal.
Eggs are actually a SUPERFOOD.  One caveat is that they are definitely not a superfood to you if you are actually allergic to eggs or have a food sensitivity to eggs.
I sent an article out in the past about eggs.  However, I came across a great website and wanted to share it with you. It tells us exactly how good various brands of eggs actually are. 
Choosing the highest quality exit is the main thing.  Poor quality eggs are like healthy body kryptonite. Unfortunately, most eggs in the grocery store are healthy body kryptonite.
First. Why are eggs so good? Because they are rich in cholesterol which is vital to your body's health, contrary to what the medical industry has lead people to believe over the last 50 years.  One healthy egg gives us about 200 mg of brain-loving cholesterol along with the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.  Eggs also have many B-vitamins, along with the minerals iron, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium. Eggs also have choline which help break up cholesterol deposits from the arteries which are put there by poor quality eggs.
If you're going to eat healthy eggs, please, please, please eat the yolk!  That has almost all of the real nutrients in it.  If you are food sensitive, it's actually likely to be from the egg white portion.
All eggs are absolutely not created equal. And according to the American Egg Board (yes, I laughed out loud too) there are about 200 companies who have flocks of 75,000 hens or more, which accounts for 95% of all the US egg production. Most of these companies feed their chicken grains, corn, cottonseed meal, and soybean oil meal.
Salmonella infections are much more likely in the large crops also.
As quoted by the Cornucopia Institute:
"The best producers with permanent housing profiled in Scrambled Eggs have plenty of pasture available surrounding their chicken houses, multiple doors of adequate size, and maintain the birds by rotating them into separate paddocks, allowing enough rest for the pasture to recover.
Laying hens on pasture based farms tend to be under less stress based on the greater opportunity to exercise and ability to engage in instinctive forging behaviors that cut down on the aggression toward their flock mates and frequently live closer to three years instead of the one year that is common on industrial scale farms."
I will also say that this ranking does not take into account local pasture raised eggs that you might get at places like Culture Club 101, or Granny’s Pantry, or some farmers markets.  You have to ask, though, especially at farmers markets, as there’s some crappy quality foods at farmers markets too.
Don’t eat any portion of poor quality eggs!
You deserve 5-Star ranked eggs (5-Egg ranked eggs).
Hoping this helps you make better more informed decisions when it comes to getting awesome eggs into your awesome body.

P.S.  Someone (thank you!) just gave me the heads up that the Vital Farms black carton is still fed GMO feed to supplement the pasture. You have to get the green carton and blue carton Vital Farms which are organic and more expensive, of course, to make sure they eat only organic feed.... You can also get fantastic Kepner Farms eggs from the La Canada Farmers Market on Saturdays.

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