Food Wars: Conventional Eggs vs. Free Range Eggs

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Are Free Range Eggs Worth The Extra Cost?

It’s my favorite time of the week. FOOD WARS time! Why do I love this segment so much? Because it gets to the truth about which foods will help you get closer to your health goals and which will take you further away.

Unfortunately in today’s world, you just can’t trust what the colorful print on the food packaging says.

So you should ask yourself, why should I trust you Brad? Because look at me…I’m not a local farmer…I’m not profiting from you buying real whole foods.

It’s my goal to to help you become another Transformation 10,000 success story. I’m in it for the karma (and the occasional book sale)!

So lets get down to it.

Are Free Range Eggs worth the additional cost?

That’s what I’m covering on today’s video episode of Food Wars!

If I want you to take one thing away from the above video, it is this…

Healthier animals produce healthier foods!

There is a big difference in the health benefits of consuming free range eggs vs. conventional caged eggs.

Free range chickens are free to roam around and eat grass and forage like mother nature intended it. This means the eggs are fully loaded with vitamins, minerals, and a healthier ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids (closer to 2:1).

Caged chickens are mass produced in cramped settings. They’re fed unnatural grains which affects the health of the animal. This causes the chickens to produce eggs with an unhealthier ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. This adds to the already out of whack omega 6 to 3 ratios most people have today (when consumed in excess, omega 6s can cause inflammation in the body).  Of course these conventional eggs also contain lower amounts of vitamins and minerals.

So the answer is obvious…consume FREE RANGE EGGS.

It’s worth the extra cost. Look at it as an INVESTMENT in your LONG-TERM HEALTH.

Why You Should Eat The WHOLE Egg

But…if you really can’t afford them…still stick with conventional eggs. They are much better for you than cereal!

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47 responses to “Food Wars: Conventional Eggs vs. Free Range Eggs

  1. The Cornucopia Institute has a scorecard out that can help you find the real free range eggs. A lot of the big, corporate associated organic farms don’t actually give the birds much or any outdoor access even though the eggs may be labeled free range organic. You have to investigate where your eggs are really coming from.

  2. Hi Brad! I was in bed last night bored out of my mind and somehow I luckily came across your videos. I absolutely agree with the idea of spending a bit more on natural organic food than buying basically fake cheap food. I want to loose about 10 pounds so I will definitely be doing those four minute workouts every week!

  3. even if you can’t find free range i still want you having eggs in your diet. buy those until you find a free range option

  4. Hey Brad, I found Eggland’s Best Eggs.. but doesn’t say ‘free range’.. it just says ‘all natural, vegeterian fed hens’… box says 130mg of Omega 3…. my question is, are these eggs any good? Since they don’t say “Free Range” like you recommended.. I’m wondering if these are just a gimmic to get people to think they are healthier eggs.. So should I keep looking for “Free Range” eggs?

  5. approved. just try to stick with the plain version and if you need to sweeten it…add in your own natural sweetener like stevia or maple syrup/honey/fruit

  6. You’re welcome. just look on the carton for it to say “Free range” … if they don’t have any, look for something that says Omega 3. I’d recommend eating your eggs after your run to aid in recovery.

  7. Not all do, but factory owners presume public want white so have hen species that lays white eggs. Different species, different coloured eggs, I can tell each egg of my four hens by there colouring. Each individual hen of mine has its own speckle pattern on its eggs. Its amazing and beautiful.

  8. I have three breed of hens, all the eggs are good. Typically, old confectionery is used in cheep chicken feed used with battery hens. Take a look at some video’s of how battery hens live then you will see about what you are eating. Once hens have finished laying at 6 months they become nuggets – look at the video’s of their treatment at KFC then ask if it is there breed or conditions.

  9. I have four chicken in my back yard, costs about £6 a month to feed them, they are beautiful, live for about 15 years compared with 6 months that battery hens live for and give me four organic, free range eggs, every day for 8 months of the year AND manure for the garden veg. Cheapest greatest food protein supplement going, they are so much easier to look after than a dog or even a cat (which stay well clear of my hens!). They were forced on me by my X when she moved house best thing ever!

  10. Hi Brad. I was wondering what your view on eating Greek yogurt is. Its something that I have taken a liking towards and wanted to know what you think about it. Thanks.

  11. Hey Brad.. I live in a small town, so we only have a Safeway for grocery shopping, can you give me a brand name of the eggs i should be buying. And Also i run 8 miles in the morning 5 days a week… should i eat eggs before or after my run… Thanks… and I thank god for people like you, that invest their time to help people like me… THANKS ALOT FOR ALL YOU DO!!… didn’t know where to post comments, cuzz i’m new at this.. so apolgies for posting it twice

  12. Hey Brad.. I live in a small town, so we only have a Safeway for grocery shopping, can you give me a brand name of the eggs i should be buying. And Also i run 8 miles in the morning 5 days a week… should i eat eggs before or after my run… Thanks… and I thank god for people like you, that invest their time to help people like me… THANKS ALOT FOR ALL YOU DO!!

  13. got me a bottle right now lol,thank you kindly sir!! this video has me thinking twice about eggs…but iOnly eat the whites iGive the yolks to my dog 🙂

  14. i eat cottage cheese occasionally. i do have some great recipes for it though..i’ll add it to the list for my Brad’s Cookbook segment. hope to get to that video in the coming weeks!

  15. i’ve never had it, but I checked out their site and product info and it looks legit. Drink away my friend.

  16. Hi Brad,
    Do you ever eat cottage cheese? Full of protein I believe but not exactly my favourite thing. Would really appreciate some ideas or a recipe if you’ve got any up your sleeve.

    Huge thanks all the way from Ireland,
    Cathy x

    PS. Made your tuna, sun dried tomato recipe the other day and it was super delish.

  17. can you please compare deer park sparkling water vrs regular water…the
    ingredients are natural water,natural flavoring and co2…the reason iWant
    this specific brand is because iDrink alot of it!

  18. I love this, and think it’s SO IMPORTANT for people to understand where their food is coming from. My chickens make the BEST eggs because they’re happy and healthy. Great Food Wars!

  19. i really do find they are much more flavorful. Inflammatory foods…great
    question..here are the major offenders…SUGAR, REFINED VEGETABLE OILS,
    TRANS FATS, A LOT OF DAIRY PRODUCTS, GRAIN FED MEAT, PROCESSED MEAT,
    ALCOHOL, REFINED GRAINS, FOOD ADDITIVES, AND ANY OTHER FOODS YOU MAY HAVE
    AN INTOLERANCE TOO

  20. you’re welcome…glad to help…some eggs are fed flax seeds to increase
    the omega 3s…that’s probably what you’re referring too…it’s better than
    the others. Superstore does have an organic free range type in a clear
    plastic package.

  21. no i typically don’t eat there. none of my oldest friends (except maybe
    one) share the lean lifestyle. i know EXACTLY what you’re going
    through…just laugh it off and try not to judge them.

  22. i’m pretty sure it doesn’t have anything to do if they are free range or
    conventional…i think it has to do with the breed of chicken/hen.

  23. Thanks for the info! Food wars has completely changed the way I eat now!
    Regarding this video, I’m just wondering what your opinion of eggs labeled
    as “Omega 3” and packed in those clear plastic containers? (i.e. found in
    superstore etc) I don’t think they are run free but do claim to have a
    higher omega 3 content.

  24. do you eat at subway/potbellys? do all of your friends share the same
    lifestyle as you? i find it kind of hard to be friends with people who dont
    live lean…i find them to be a bit judgemental always questioning why i
    wont eat this or that or just saying that im “too skinny” and i should “eat
    more”. its frustrating always having to explain myself.

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