The Results Are In:
Eggs from hens allowed to range on pasture are a heck of a lot better than eggs from commercially raised chickens!
By Cheryl Long and Tabitha Alterman
Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have
reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, com- pared to official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene
• 21 times more omega-3 fatty acids
These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture, or are housed in large moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. We had 100- gram samples from each flock tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore.