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Are Eggs From Hens on Pasture More Nutritious?

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Question: Are Eggs From Hens on Pasture More Nutritious?
You know the eggs from your grass-eating, pastured hens taste better, but are they really better for you than supermarket eggs?
Answer:

The folks at Mother Earth News have been compiling nutritional data on eggs from hens who feast on pasture - fresh grass, bugs, and all the goodness they find outdoors - and the results are eggciting (pardon the pun!) for anyone who raises laying hens.

They report that their tested eggs contain:

  • 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

than their supermarket counterparts.

Their most recent round of testing focused on vitamin D content, which they found was 4 to 6 times higher in eggs from pastured hens than from supermarket eggs.

If you would like to have your eggs tested, there's more information at the Mother Earth News website.

So crack those eggs and enjoy!

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