Day 325/365: Organic Eggs

November 22, 2012

Egg or Chicken? Which comes first? Egg! anyway surely its Chicken! as per the God’s Creation of Life. But what’s with Organic Egg? Does it means it came from Organic Chicken too?

Let’s do some research..

What is organic eggs? – They are higher in omega-3 fatty acids, free of antibiotic residues, and contain no arsenic, which is added to factory-farmed chicken-feed to prevent infections and spur growth.

Treatment of Animals
Chickens whose eggs are farmed organically are always free range, and they are always fed an organic diet. Non-organic eggs come from chickens who are usually kept in tiny cages and fed genetically engineered corn, animal by-products and antibiotics. Animal rights activists have strongly criticized the treatment of chickens on non-organic farms.

Health Benefits
Organic eggs are usually healthier as a result of the treatment and well-being of the chickens. Organic eggs usually have higher levels of Vitamin B and Folic Acid and are frequently have higher levels of Omega-3. Non-organic eggs also contain antibiotics that are fed to the chickens, which can lead to viruses in humans becoming resistant to antibiotics due to increased exposure.

Cost
Organic eggs cost more because it costs the farmers more to give the chickens organic feed and requires more room to let them roam outside of cages. This cost can sometimes be significant, and is an average of about a dollar more per dozen eggs.

Environmental Impact
While organic eggs require more space and land to produce, they help consumers go green by causing less environmental impact. Non-organic eggs harm the environment with pesticides.

Aside from being better for you, less harmful to the environment and more animal friendly, organic eggs are an easy, healthy addition to any balanced diet. They can be incorporated into any meal the same way as a non-organic egg would be. Eat them for breakfasts by serving them sunny-side up, scrambled or in an omelet. They make great sandwiches for lunch, and can be incorporated into noodles and soup dishes for dinner. They are an essential part of many desserts, including flan, creme brulee and some puddings. Hard boiled eggs are a common snack.

Contrary to what many people may think, organic eggs are not all brown. In fact, organic and non-organic eggs can both be brown. What determines the egg color is actually the color of the chicken. Brown chickens generally lay brown eggs, and white chickens generally lay white eggs. This means that organic eggs can be used for Easter egg-dying just as easily as non-organic eggs, and with many benefits to the environment.

 

Organic Eggs

 

More Health Benefits:

Eggs are a popular ingredient to cook with. They can be eaten on their own in many different styles of cooking, and they can be used as an ingredient in many dishes, both savory and sweet. With so much versatility, is there any special reason why we should eat organic eggs?

Eggs are an excellent source of protein. We are all aware of the importance of having the ideal levels of protein in our system. It is a great addition to anyone’s diet and it is recommended that eggs should be consumed frequently. Organic eggs come in many different shapes and sizes. They often have a richer yolk because the chickens that they come from have plenty of space to run around, and they feed from good quality grain. Non-organic eggs tend to be far more uniform in shape. They are usually all the same color as each other, and the yolks are pale yellow, rather than the rich deep yellow that organic eggs are.

There are more nutrients in organic eggs. They have more vitamins, are far higher in essential omega 3 fatty acids and by eating organic eggs, it is predicted that you will be consuming about double the nutritional value of a commercially farmed egg.

Some people believe that because eggs are so high in protein, that they cause high cholesterol levels. This is true to an extent, however, organic eggs contain less fat than commercial eggs, as the hens are allowed to roam around and be healthier, and this results in lower cholesterol for the consumer.

The chickens that are raised commercially are not only kept in smaller spaces to encourage them to gain weight more quickly, but they are also fed substandard grain. The organic hens are fed an organic feed, but the grain that has been grown for the commercial hens has been treated with the usual toxic chemicals. This means that organic eggs also contain fewer toxins than commercial eggs.

Buy only in trusted Organic Store like Sugarleaf in Manila!

 

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