May is National Egg Month, so we're talking eggs today and why shopping for them is confusing. Organic? Cage free? Free range? Brown or white? There’s no nutrition label to read and the jargon on the packages can be unclear, so you probably find yourself staring at a cold shelf of eggs for at least five minutes before just grabbing a random carton.
Here are some shopping tips:
- When it comes to eggs, price is a good indicator of quality.
- If you can afford to and have access to small farm eggs - these are your best bet.
- When a chicken is under stress (dark, tight, confining headquarters), you won’t get the most nutritious egg.
- “Free Range” and “Cage Free” are better than regular eggs, primarily because of the treatment of the animal.
- Organic “Free Range” and “Cage Free” are better than regular eggs, both for you and the chicken.
- Choose organic when possible.
- Brown and white don’t make a difference.
- Chickens are not meant to be vegetarians because they should eat worms (just not pig, cow, and fish parts).
- Enriched Omega-3 eggs benefits the farmer’s pocket more than you. Just eat wild fish or 100% grassfed meat if you need more Omega-3’s in your diet.
- If you are baking (and on a budget), go with a slightly less quality egg than you would for plain egg consumption.
- Save $4-5 elsewhere and consider the $8/dozen pasture raised eggs IF you are a regular egg eater.
- Don’t forget to hit up friends/family that raise chickens for a barter or exchange.
Article credit: Wake the Wolves