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What Eggs do I Buy?

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First things first. Yes, I eat the whole egg, usually 2 or 3 at least, pretty much every morning. I really hope you are past the non-sense that you can’t eat the egg yolk because it it will raise your cholesterol levels/cause heart disease. Did you know that only 25% of cholesterol comes from food and the other 75% your body makes on its own? There is so much more behind why your cholesterol levels can be high than I have time to go into detail here in this article. If you want to know more about that, check out this great article posted by Chris Kresser titled The Diet Heart Myth.

Plus, if you eat only the egg whites, you miss out on half the protein that is in the yolk as well as essential nutrients including vitamins A, B12, D, and E, brain healthy choline, omega 3 fatty acids and eye healthy lutein. The yolk is where it’s at ya’ll! Say goodbye to your egg white omelets. They are a thing of the past.

So now that you are no longer afraid to eat the whole egg, what eggs do I recommend you buy? That is a great question, because there is a lot of misleading information and marketing out there. When you go to the grocery store, you now have a wide variety of eggs to choose from including commercial, organic, free-range, cage-free etc..

So what’s the difference?

To be honest, not a whole lot when it comes to your health benefit.

Regulations on the term “free-range” and “cage-free” unfortunately do not specify the amount of time the chickens must spend outdoors or the amount of space each chicken must have access to. They also don’t indicate that the chicken must have a pasture diet either. “Cage-Free” simply could mean that the chickens were not confined to an individual cage, but says nothing about the conditions in which they were raised in or their diet for that matter. So basically the eggs you buy that say “free-range” or “cage-free” could have come from a chicken that only spent 5 minutes outside a day and potentially on a concrete slab not ever touching pasture, and most likely never was allowed to forage and eat any of its natural diet. But it makes you feel better when you buy it because you picture the complete opposite right? The marketers are good aren’t they?

So what about organic eggs?

Yes, organic eggs are guaranteed to be fed a 100% Organic diet and 100% antibiotic free. However, 100% organic simply means they were fed organic corn or soy typically, one of the worst foods you or any animal could eat. Read here for more information on why corn is so bad for us and animals. The biggest issue with animals being fed a grain diet is one, it isn’t their natural diet they were designed to eat and two, the effect it has on their fatty acid profile.

The American diet includes far too much omega-6 fatty acids and far too little omega 3 fatty acids. Both of these are essential fatty acids that we must obtain through food since our body does not create them on its own. Omega-6 fatty acids are not bad, however, too much omega 6, or more importantly an improper balance of the two, leads to inflammation in the body which is at the root of almost every disease today. Studies have shown that when these fatty acids are out of balance any higher than 4:1 of omega 6 to omega 3, chronic diseases start occurring in the body or symptoms of already induced diseases become more severe. The standard american diet has a ratio ranging between 10:1 and 25:1. Is that not crazy?? And we wonder why we are all sick and miserable..

Even if you find eggs that came from chickens that have been truly pasture raised (aka. allowed to forage freely outdoors in their natural environment eating the grass and various critters), famers will still have to supplement their chickens diet if they want to actually have any eggs to sell. If they don’t control their environment at all they risk losing all their chickens to coyotes and other wild animals. Also it is not natural for chickens to be laying eggs all the time just like it would not be natural for women to be popping out babies all the time. Because of this, the chickens require extra energy through diet to supply enough eggs. Your best bet at finding these eggs will be to buy them from a local farmer.  However, because their natural diets are typically supplemented with corn or soy, the fatty acid profile will still not be balanced which is one of the most important things we need to look for in our foods if we are to obtain optimal health and prevent disease.

So back to the question, what eggs do I buy?

I buy Christopher Eggs. If you are in the Paris Texas area, the only place to buy these is at Kroger and they are sold under the Private Selection brand. I started buying these after I had a long conversation with our local grass-fed meat store company owner, Ted Slanker, who personally knows the guy who raises the chickens that lay these eggs.  He has created a patented all natural formula including flax that he supplements his chickens diet with that gives the eggs a perfect balance of omega 6:omega 3 fatty acids. Ted Slanker was the one who actually called to make sure Kroger got them in their store. No, Christopher’s Eggs is not endorsing me for promoting their product. I simply want to pass on information that I think will benefit your health, that’s all 🙂

So, if you are looking for eggs that have a perfect fatty acid profile, these are the eggs I recommend you buy. Remember, an imbalance of more than 4:1 of omega 6 to omega 3 essential fatty acids in your body is detrimental to your health.

What eggs do you buy currently and what is your favorite way to eat them?

Until next time, Eat well, sweat often and love always!

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