abril 12, 2014

What is this pasture raised on some eggs?

See those pink dots? Himalayan pink salt and eggs, made for each other. 

Last week I got confused with types of eggs I should buy. Organic, omega-3 organic, cage-free, and I saw another one in a very different box "pasture raised". Well, without a clear idea about which one was the best I went home for another research.

Conventional eggs are easily find on every grocery store/supermarket. The chickens are usually raised in cage and never see the light of day. In an overfilled hen house, they are fed with crap, supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Also be treated with antibiotics and hormones to grow more, and faster. 

Omega-3 enriched eggs are the conventional eggs except that their feed is supplemented with an Omega-3 source. It could be flax seeds, and we are not sure if they have access to the outside.

Organic eggs were not treated with antibiotics or hormones, and received organic feed. They are good, but the hen may or may not have access to the outdoors, who knows...

Pastured eggs chickens are allowed to roam free, eating plants and insects, which are their natural food, along with some commercial feed.

Oh boy they are expensive, but you know what? They are the healthier eggs you can find today only in Southern states with temperate climates. Also having a Certified Humane (raised and handled) made me feel better knowing someones jobs were kept ethical.

This is what you can read on their notes.

"At Vital Farms, our hens live outside everyday, foraging on organic green pasture year-round. We provide a minimum of 108 sq. ft. of pasture per bird and up to 500 sq. ft. on some of our farms. This allows for regular pasture rotation, so our ladies always have plenty of organic, fresh native grasses to keep them happy, healthy, and producing the most nutritious and flavorful eggs in the country. Anything less would not be true pasture-raising.

We follow the Certified Humane standard for pasture raising, which allows enough outdoor space for frequent rotation onto fresh grass and vegetation.

We pride ourselves on working with nature to create the very best egg possible. Our farmers treat the land and our ladies with the respect they deserve. This means we never use pesticides or herbicides on our pasture and we provide our girls with more space per bird than any other egg farms in the country.

These eggs contain all the benefits of a pasture-raised lifestyle; they are tastier and more nutritious because our hens have the opportunity to live outside on green grass year-round. Our farmers have set the standard for the type of humane, black-to-basics farming that we can all be proud of. Thank you for supporting our efforts!"

By the way this box is nicely designed.

Nutrition facts per 1 egg or 50 g.
Calories 60
Fat calories 35
Total fat 6%
Saturated fat 1.5 g or 7%
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 179 mg or 60%
Sodium 70 mg
Total carbohydrate 1 g or 0%
Protein 6 g or 10%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4%

Isabela: Brazilian, designer, works with automotive fabrics in the US. She did psychology college as well and had enjoyed a lot. She is living abroad for while, maybe because this she likes trends, cultures and behaviors.
All material on this CORN FREE session is intended for reference only and should not take place of medical advice from a license practitioner. Please use common sense, do your own research, and consult your physician when making decisions about your health.

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