If you’ve heard it said, “fresh is best,” this is true for many things, including the nutritional value and taste of a fresh-raised egg. Yes, eggs offer great nutritional benefits and are one of the few foods that can actually be classified as a “superfood.”
Eggs are a great source of protein while providing essential nutrients like vitamin A, multiple B vitamins, selenium, folate, phosphorus, calcium and zinc. With only 75 calories per large egg, you can receive up to 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fat with just one. That is an incredible protein source for very little caloric intake.
However, there are nutritional differences between “fresh” eggs raised in a farmer’s pasture or your own back yard compared to those purchased in the grocery store. One of the primary reasons that fresh-raised eggs are more nutritional than conventionally raised eggs is due to the diets of the chickens. Chickens that are roaming the yard or pasture are pecking at grass and bugs, getting more leafy greens and natural proteins than those raised in poultry houses that are likely getting fed a pelleted feed.
Studies show that farm fresh eggs have less cholesterol and saturated fat than those purchased from the store. Additionally, they also contain 25% more vitamin E, 75% more beta carotene and up to 20 times more Omega-3 fatty acids. This is all according to a Mother Earth News Study that has been verified multiple times.
So, if you want the added nutrition, why not raise your own eggs or support a local farmer’s market? Not only will you get more nutritional value, but those who have eaten both farm-fresh and store-bought eggs agree that fresh is best! The farm-fresh eggs often have a fresher, richer flavor, and rightfully so, as they might be fresh from the farm within a day or two, where store-bought eggs often have a shelf-life of up to 30 days.
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