On this episode of Live Lean TV, I’m comparing the nutrition benefits of conventional eggs vs free range eggs.
Yes, it’s my favorite time of the week.
Welcome to Food Wars.
This is the series that provides the truth about which foods will help bring you closer to your health goals, and which will take you further away.
In other words, we compare two different foods, and find out which one should remain in your kitchen, and which one should be in the garbage.
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Food marketers often trick you into buying certain foods, even when they are not healthy.
Unfortunately in today’s world, you just can’t trust what the colorful labels printed on the food packaging says.
So that’s why I developed this Food Wars series.
However, you should also ask yourself, why should I trust you, Brad?
Well, look at me, I’m not a local farmer, and I’m not profiting from you buying real whole foods.
It is my goal to to help you become one of our Live Lean Transformation 1,000,000 success stories.
I’m in it to make an impact, and for the occasional program sale.
So with that said, lets dig into today’s food, eggs.
In other words, if you buy a carton of eggs at the grocery store, is the nutritional value of every single egg on the shelf, the same?
The answer is no.
Today we are comparing grocery store bought conventional eggs vs free range eggs.
According to the USDA’s Shell Egg labelling guidelines for free range eggs:
Eggs labelled as Free Range:
“…must be produced by hens that are able to roam vertically and horizontally in indoor houses, and have access to fresh food and water, and continuous access to outdoors during their laying cycle. The outdoor area may be fenced and/or covered with netting-like material. Housing systems vary from farm-to-farm, and can include multi-tier aviaries. They must allow hens to exhibit natural behaviors and include enrichments such as scratch areas, perches and nests. Hens must have access to litter, protection from predators and be able to move in the barn in a manner that promotes bird welfare.”
This means chickens with free access to roam around outside, in nature, and eat grass and forage, produce free range eggs.
Conventional eggs are mass produced in chicken coops, where the chickens are mostly stored in cramped cages, without having access to the outdoors.
This is not the way mother nature intended it.
So does the environment and welfare of the chicken affect the nutrition quality of the eggs?
I’m here to say it absolutely does.
If I want you to take one thing away from this post, always remember this:
The health of the food that you are eating, is only as healthy as the health of the animal, that it came from.
Try saying that three times in a row.
But it’s true.
There is a big difference in the health benefits of consuming free range eggs vs conventional eggs.
The eggs that a chicken produces is going to be much healthier, when the chicken is living a natural, healthy life, and eating foods that it was intended to eat.
This means eggs produced by healthy chickens, will be healthier for the end consumer, in this case, you, the human.
This is important because one of the criteria for a healthy diet is keeping the omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio to approximately 2:1.
This is the ratio that our body is needs to thrive.
When comparing conventional eggs vs free range eggs, free range eggs are lower in omega 6 fatty acids, and higher in omega 3s.
This is because the chickens producing conventional eggs are being fed an unhealthy diet primarily of grains and other unnatural foods to their diet.
However, chickens that have access to walk around and eat grass outside, produce eggs with a much healthier omega fatty acid profile.
This means you, the end consumer, consumes those nutrition benefits as well.
Also when comparing conventional eggs vs free range eggs, free range eggs tend to be higher in vitamins and minerals.
You can also tell the difference by breaking the shells.
If you take two eggs, one conventional egg and one free range egg, there is a noticeable difference when you break them.
Some conventional egg shells are so brittle, you can break it by just flicking it with your finger.
A free range egg’s shell is more solid and harder to break.
The color of most high quality free range egg yolks are a deeper orange color.
This is because free range eggs have more vitamins and minerals, when compared to conventional eggs.
The orangish color of the free range egg’s yolk comes from a higher amount of carotenoids.
A conventional egg yolk is much more yellow.
Free range eggs cost a little bit more, but it’s worth it for your health.
Over the long run, you should be investing in your body, just like you do with your retirement accounts.
Don’t feel guilty about investing your money into higher quality, more nutrient rich foods, like free range eggs.
The obvious winner of this episode of Food Wars is, free range eggs.
Again, free range chickens have access to freely roam around and eat grass and forage, like mother nature intended it.
This means free range eggs have more vitamins, minerals, and a healthier ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids, closer to 2:1.
But, if you can’t afford free range eggs, stick with conventional eggs.
Conventional eggs are still much better for you than processed cereal.
Eat your eggs in the morning for breakfast.
There are so many success stories of people who eat eggs in the morning, versus people that eat cereal.
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I love you guys.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another 4 minute tabata workout that is going to kick your butt, and get you beach ready for the summer.
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.