If you are concerned about eggs because your doctor told you to limit consumption (or because you’re allergic), please heed his or her advice.
The best – and truly incredible – eggs are those that are from pasture-raised hens. Not just from cage-free hens allowed to roam in a small but dark barn (though even that is better than the average supermarket eggs from hens living in such small cages they can’t turn their bodies, and have their beaks cut off so they don’t bite their neighbors through the cage) but hens that roam out on pasture, eating bugs and grasses in addition to their (hopefully non-GMO soy or corn) grain ration, getting lots of exercise and natural sunshine (a nutrient not just for humans but these precious animals as well!).
What makes eggs like this so ‘incredible’ is that they are:
- higher in Vitamins A, D and E, all of which are extremely important
- higher in beta-carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A
- higher in Omega 3 fatty acids, another important nutrient that most people are deficient in
- lower levels of cholesterol
- lower in saturated fat.
In addition, eggs
- are a great source of protein, an important building block for our bodies
- provide the highest amounts of choline, which is important for methylation, healthy cell membranes and reducing inflammation
- are a very good source of selenium, tryptophan and iodine among many other nutrients
- are fairly low in calories, at around 70 calories per egg (for those of you who calorie-watch!)
So whether you venture out to your local grocer or are inspired to find a farm, enjoy an egg or two!