Free Range IS More Nutritious!
From The Food Guru :
One of the biggest factors in buying organic or free-range is that it costs more and if you're on a budget it can be daunting, but a new study shows the superior nutritional value of buying truly free-range eggs in comparison to conventionally produced supermarket eggs.
This is the result of tests conducted for Mother Earth's News magazine's October/November issue: true free-range eggs are shown to contain significantly less cholesterol – one third less -and one forth less saturated fat than commercially produced eggs!
It's awful to think of the lives of poor commercially raised chickens, crowded into often filthy conditions, never seeing the light of day, being fed a diet that consists of corn, soy or cottonseed with additives. By buying free-range eggs you can support more humane conditions for the chickens, comforted by the knowledge that they have foraged on real pasture, under real sunlight or rain and be assured that their natural diet which includes green plants, insects and worms has ensured their nutritional superiority to you the consumer.
According to www.motherearthnews.com their tests were carried out on 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens, rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. They found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial, "conventional" (i.e. from confined hens) eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may 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.
So now it's clear that spending that little bit extra is well worth it in the long run for those watching their cholesterol and fat intake and for overall health and nutrition for everyone else – and not to mention the huge factor that the animals are far more humanely treated – and the fact that while the majority continue to purchase the cheapest eggs the industrial production system, that treats the animals with such cruelty and results in a nutritionally inferior product will continue to dominate. Three great reasons for making the switch!
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