Pasture Raised Eggs
If an egg carton is labeled "Pasture-Raised," it means that the hens spent their lives — or portions of them — on a pasture, or with access to a pasture and have grazed naturally. These ladies are given at least 108 square feet each and consume some feed and lots of grass, bugs, worms and anything else they can find in the dirt.
The health benefits of pasture raised eggs include:
- 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
Eggs from hens raised outdoors on pasture have from three to six times more vitamin D than eggs from hens raised in confinement. Pastured hens are exposed to direct sunlight, which their bodies convert to vitamin D and then pass on to their eggs. Eating just two of these eggs will give you from 63-126% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D!
If you have never eaten pasture-raised eggs, you are missing out. When you open the carton, you will realize that they are beautiful!
You can just see the difference when you crack into a pasture raised egg! Their yolks are not light yellow like store-bought eggs. They are orange! Fry them up with some bacon or sausage and you will have a great eating experience!