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Did you know that January is National Egg Month? For those who live a natural lifestyle like me, I do everything I can to keep my family healthy and do what I can to make sure our food comes from humane farms and companies. One food I absolutely love is eggs. While they have gotten a bad rap every so often, they are actually an extremely healthy, nutritious food that SHOULD be part of our diets. As someone who uses pasture raised, cage-free eggs, I was excited when I found out the American Egg Board was devoting this month to educating all of us about this wonderful food and making sure we understood the marketing words we see on our eggs.
One company that has been trying hard to make sure people understand the importance of eggs is NestFresh. They pride themselves in being a leader and innovator in ethical, cage-free, non-GMO, free-roaming, and specialty eggs. They asked me to work with them on helping others understand the importance of eggs in our diet and why we should choose healthier, humane eggs, I couldn’t wait to get started!
Types of Eggs & Marketing Speak
I don’t know about you, but when I first researching healthy eggs, I was overwhelmed by some of the different names used and what exactly they meant. Those of us who try living naturally try hard not to get ‘fooled’ by marketing terms, so we have to keep up with the latest trends to make sure we aren’t wasting our money.
Below, I included some of the ‘terms’ used commonly on eggs.
Conventional Eggs – these are the common eggs we can buy cheaply in the grocery store. The hens that lay these eggs lived in small cages where they can barely move. In many cases, the hen houses are overfilled and have little to no light. As well, the hens are given antibiotics, hormones to produce more eggs, and fed grains. Most of the time these hens have very short lives due to living conditions.
Cage-Free – this means that the hens have some room to roam. At NestFresh, they are 100% cage-free and hens roam around a large barn where they preen in dust baths and socialize with other hens.
Free-Range – this means hens have access to the outside world for some amount of time each day.
Pasture Raised – this means that hens enjoy open lands and can roam freely to some extent. At NestFresh, hens enjoy at least 25 square feet of open farm land and are able to roam freely to eat plants and insects (their natural food). It has also been proven that pasture raised hens produce healthier eggs than non-pasture raised. Eggs have been shown in studied to have more vitamin D (4 times higher), beta carotine (7 times higher), vitamin E (3 times higher), and vitamin A (66% more)
Non GMO – this mean the hens were given no antibiotics, hormones, and eat only feed without GMOs.
Omega 3 Enriched – this means that the hens were supplemented with omega 3 feed.
Vitamin B Folate Fortified – this means that hens were supplements with vitamin B folate fortified feed.
How to Properly Store Eggs & Tips
With the average American eating over 250 eggs each year, it’s important that we understand how to properly store eggs and keep ourselves from getting sick. Here are some great tips to keep you and your family healthy!
- Eggs shells are porous, so make sure to never store them near stinky food (like cheese).
- Fresher eggs taste better and are better for cooking.
- Older eggs are best for hard boiled eggs since they are easier to peel.
- Don’t keep eggs out of the fridge longer than 2 hours.
- Eggs are good for 3-5 weeks after you purchase them.
- Cooked eggs are good for 3-4 days.
- Also wash hands, utensils, and work area with hot, soapy water after handling eggs.
Health Benefits of Eggs
Contrary to what many people may believe from previous, now debunked studies, eggs are very healthy! One egg is 6 grams, which is 12% of your daily protein (on a 2,000 calorie diet), and 11% of our daily value of vitamin D. During winter, vitamin D is especially important due to limited sun exposure. As well, research in 2011 estimates that 41.6% of Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiency, which is a bit frightening! Eggs can even help lessen inflammation and your risks of heart diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, and more since they contain choline. Who knew that eggs were so healthy?
To learn more about eggs, make sure to head over to the NestFresh website. As well, don’t forget that you can buy NestFresh pasture raised eggs at a store near you. Make sure to use their store locator to see where you can purchase their eggs in your region.
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Michelle S says
My husband has the opportunity to buy fresh eggs from one of his employees. With the price going up in the stores, it might make sense for us to go this route.
denise low says
Thanks for the information. You really don’t think about different kinds of eggs.
Anita Duvall says
Thanks. I did not know that eggs would keep in the fridge for 3 to 5 weeks after purchasing them. Good to know.
Linda Manns Linneman says
There was alot of information here and I didn’t know about most of it. I really appreciate you sharing this
Thank you for sharing the differences in eggs and the way the chickens are treated. I think everyone should know this information.
Lesa Jones says
Yes, I look for free range eggs, my brother grows that kind and they are the best
John House says
I never knew that there were so many different “types” of eggs…. cage-free, range-free etc. Also didn’t know eggs will stay good for 3-5 weeks after purchase.
Sarah L says
OK, I’m convinced that these eggs are a much better choice. I do like eggs several times a week.
Michele Ash says
WOW! Thanks so much for the terrific review on Egg Talk: A Guide to Purchasing Healthy Eggs for Everyone! I was not aware that there was such a difference in eggs! I learned something new today! We eat eggs, however, probably not as much as we should. I have been, lately, receiving my eggs through our local church pantry. For the last 6-7 months, things have been so tight here at home and I can only afford to purchase the absolutely necessary things we NEED! The Church pantry doesn’t give meat out, however, they do give eggs and milk on occasion. I knew that you have to be careful and clean your hands and the area well after breaking eggs! I really don’t live near a place that sells eggs on the farm. Now that I know the difference, when it gets warmer and we go out for a drive, if I see a farm that sells eggs, I know what to ask and then purchase! Thanks for the Terrific Review and the pictures and diagrams and information on Healthy Eggs! I honestly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂
Sandra Watts says
This is a helpful guide. I am going to pin it. Thanks.
Cheryl Rahkonen says
This is quite an enlightening article on eggs–who knew? I love eggs but I didn’t know they were so healthy. I will be working eggs into my diet more often. Also, I loved the explanations of the terminology now I can shop like an expert.
ellen beck says
I used to buy eggs from an elderly lady but she as since passed away and all of her hems were totally free range except when they went in at night to roost and she would lock their area to protect them. I have seen all the ;abe;s and am of the belief if you cant see the hens, I dont believe what it says. Free rande or pasture could mean minutes or enough to qualify and no more.
I love the fact that eggs are a food that actually have vitamin D in them. I understand they are not as bad for you as once though regarding cholesterol.
terry myers says
Learn some thing every day eggs keep in ice box longer then I knew thanks
Sandra Watts says
This is great info. We eat a lot of eggs.
Thanks for your great review! You got me to thinking about the brand of eggs that we always buy…Egg-Land’s Best. I researched it and can’t tell whether they are cage-free )= Supposedly they feed their hens an all-vegetarian feed…I’m definitely going to look for these NestFresh Eggs!
Susan Bewley says
We buy them too and I have found conflicting information about them. It’s kinda scary! I recently discovered NestFresh Eggs and have been happy with them so far! 🙂
CHRISTY SWEENEY says
I HAVE SEEN DOCUMENTARIES ON WHERE THE CAGE EGGS COME FROM. DISGUSTING TO SEE SUCH HARSH TREATMENT OF THESE ANIMALS.