Companies use labels such as “free-range,” to market products and often sell them at higher prices. There is the perception that these eggs are better for us than eggs from conventionally raised chickens. The theory behind these claims is that a better diet and more humane practices for the chickens who lay the eggs results in a healthier egg.
What Is Considered “Free Range”
First, let’s define what we mean by “free-range” and “conventional.” Free-range eggs come from chickens that are free to roam outdoors and forage for their food. They may also be given supplemental food to ensure that they are eating enough.
Conventional eggs are laid by birds that are kept in a cage or cage-free chicken houses. They are fed pellets and live in crowded, often hot, conditions.
Nutritional Differences of Free-Range vs. Conventional Eggs
According to a study done by Mother Earth News, nutritional differences were found when comparing free-range and conventional eggs. They determined that free-range eggs contained less cholesterol and saturated fat and more omega fatty acids, vitamins A and E, beta carotene, and other nutrients.
However, considering an egg, is there enough difference to affect your health? And in most cases, there are many other ways to get more of these nutrients.
Many people feel that free-range eggs taste better. They often look different, with a vibrant dark orange yolk. This is generally attributed to their diet. But, if the diet makes the eggs look different, do they taste different? Some say yes, some say no, the jury is still out on that question.
Are “Free Range” Eggs Really Better?
Are free-range eggs a healthier option, or is this just a marketing ploy to sell more eggs? Are they a GR8 food? We want to know what you think.