Eggs are one of the many foods that have been the subject of great controversy over the last 30 years or so (maybe even before, but that's as far back as my memory goes). From commercials touting the health benefits of the incredible edible egg, to doctors warning about the dangers of cholesterol, (For more on the cholesterol myth, read this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola.) eggs have a lot of people really confused. So, the question remains: are eggs good for us, or not?
The answer is, yes and no. When we went to The Well yesterday, I was surprised to learn that Adelaide is allergic to conventional eggs, but not to organic ones. I wondered why this would be, but when Megan told me, I remembered something I had already learned. Conventional eggs come from conventional chickens, who eat corn and soy based feed. Corn and soy are the most highly genetically modified crops in the US, (about 90% of corn and soy in America is GMO.) and all factory farm animals are eating feed made from these genetically modified grains. Just as the poor health and nutrition of the pregnant mother passes on to her child, so does the poor nutrition of the chicken pass down to the egg. Adelaide is sensitive to corn and soy, so of course she is sensitive to conventional, factory farmed eggs as well!
This may be true of you as well. Conventional eggs are not only affected by the GMO feed that the hens who lay them eat, but they are also far less nutritious than organic, pastured eggs.
(Chart provided by Authority Nutrition)
So it seems that conventional eggs may not be good for us after all, but then what do we do? There is an entire lexicon for the types of eggs available to us. Should we buy cage free? Free range? And what are pastured eggs? These terms have become highly politicized and are being used to make you think you're getting a much healthier product than you actually are. The video below is a fabulous description of the terms used to describe eggs.
If pastured eggs are the way to go, where can we buy them? And how can we afford them? The best place to find pastured eggs is a local farmer. Check out Localharvest.org to find a farmer close to you that sells pastured eggs. My local farmer, affectionately known as Farmer Scott by our family and friends, sells eggs for just $3 a dozen, which is even less expensive than the organic eggs I used to buy at Costco. (If you live in the Burlington County area, come to Nature's Own Farm for your eggs and other pastured meats and chemical-free veggies!) Knowing the farmer that creates your food is such an awesome thing, and bringing home farm fresh eggs is such a blessing for the health and wellness of your family! I encourage you to find the best source of eggs near you, and even if you thought you or your children were allergic to eggs, remember that not all eggs are created equal!