It seems as if there has been lots of talk about whether pastured eggs are really that much better than conventional “factory” eggs. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so what do you think of this?
This picture was not photo-shopped. The eggs really are that much different. The egg on the left is a big box store brand and the egg on the right is from a local farmer who raises their chickens on pasture. Wow! Aren’t you shocked to see just how much different the eggs are? My farmer was on vacation so I had to get conventional eggs and had forgotten just how much difference it makes to get pastured eggs.
The yolk of the pastured egg is so much brighter and the taste is far superior. Still not convinced?
Why Pastured Eggs are Better
A recent study from Mother Earth News has revealed that eggs from pasture raised chickens are actually quite different than eggs from your standard factory farm chickens. The pasture raised eggs contain:
- 4-6 times as much vitamin D as standard supermarket eggs.
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 7 times more beta carotene
- 3 times for vitamin E
And, in case you’ve not used pastured eggs before you will notice a HUGE difference in the egg shells. Imagine that the eggshell of store egg is like a sheet of printer paper. Well, then the eggshell of a pasture raised chicken would be more like the cardboard of a cereal box. They are that different!
It is our dream to get a large piece of land and have our own pastured chickens and probably build a chicken tractor (amongst many other things!). In the meantime, I’ve been reading up on raising chickens at home in Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock
Do you have your own chickens or buy locally pastured eggs? How much do you pay per dozen?
sources: Mother Earth News,