Free-Range Chicken Eggs: More Nutritious

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Perhaps Mother Earth News has the answer to this age-old question!

1008594_hen.jpgTrue free-range eggs are far more nutritious than eggs from commercially raised hens. They say, eggs from hens raised on pasture contain more omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, and vitamins A and E! That’s great news! The reason, they say, are the differences in diet between free-range pastured hens and commercially farmed hens.

It’s no surprise, that most egg industry advocates still feel strongly that commercially farmed eggs are no different from eggs from pastured hens. They feel that hens’ diets don’t alter their eggs nutritional value.

BUT, Mother Earth News points out the flawed definition of “free-range.” The USDA defines “free-range” as chickens that have “access to the outside.” However, it leaves out a lot information. It doesn’t define their diets, or whether or not the “outside access” is to a cement courtyard or a field fit for foraging.

I think the chicken crossed the road, because she was truly free-range and could!

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