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Food & Health

March 26, 2014

Egg-citing News about Eggs

Did you know that eating one egg a day does not affect your risk for heart disease? And, egg yolks provide essential nutrients such as choline, which helps with fetal brain development and brain functioning in adults. Eggs provide high-quality protein. Eating them at breakfast can help keep you full and focused until lunchtime. There are several types of eggs on the market, which can be confusing. The table below outlines the various types of eggs to help you determine the best option for you.

Types of EggsEggs in Their Shell

The most common are white-and brown-shelled eggs. White-shelled eggs typically are from hens with white feathers, while brown-shelled eggs are typically from hens with brown feathers.

1. Organic

In order to qualify for USDA organic certification, the hens are fed a special feed having ingredients that were grown without pesticides, and persistent chemical and commercial fertilizer.

2. Vegetarian (no animal by-products)

Hens are fed a special feed containing ingredients of plant origin only.

3. Omega-3-Enhanced

These eggs are created by including 10-20 percent of flax in the hen’s diet, which in turn results in these eggs being higher in omega-3 fatty acids than conventional eggs.

4. Pasteurized whole egg in shell

Safest Choice Eggs are pasteurized whole eggs in the shell. Helps eliminate the risk of salmonella.

5. Vitamin-enhanced

These eggs contain slightly higher amounts of nutrients, as a result of being fed nutritionally enhanced diets (some of their nutrition may include vitamin E, folate, vitamin B-6 and B-12).

6. Cage-Free Eggs

These eggs are from birds that are not raised in cages, but rather in an open barn. The hens have bedding material such as pine shavings on the floor, and are allowed perches and nest boxes to lay their eggs. Depending on the farm, they may still be close to many other hens, just not in cages.

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