Does anyone else remember this commercial?
Nearly every single time I make eggs I sing this silly jingle. And how often do I eat eggs, A. LOT.
Eggs, particularly egg yolks, got a bad wrap in the anti-fat movement of the 90’s… and all foods were removed of their fats and replaced with sugar and look at how well that’s worked out for us!
We’ve got to free ourselves from the 90’s brainwashing and realize healthy fat is GOOD! And not just good, it’s essential! Not getting enough fat in your diet can lead to vitamin deficiencies, weight gain, chronic inflammation, and (gasp!) heart disease!
But not all eggs are created equal. Research and repeated studies have shown that pastured eggs (from chickens who’ve been allowed to be chickens… think beginning of Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast when the chickens were just walking around and eating food, bugs, worms, etc from the ground and just livin’ life!) are considerably healthier and naturally higher in Omega-3 (an anti-inflammatory fat that we do not get nearly enough of) and lower in Omega-6 (an INFLAMMATORY fat that we often eat way too much of) than “conventional” eggs. The eggs that are easily found and very cheap at your grocery store are still okay. It’s a great way to get your protein and other nutrients. But if you’ve never had eggs from a farm or “pastured” eggs as you might find them in your grocery store, I highly recommend you try them! The yolks are deeper in color and the taste is AMAZING! Plus, super healthy! (Source: http://news.psu.edu/story/166143/2010/07/20/research-shows-eggs-pastured-chickens-may-be-more-nutritious)
If you’re like me, you’re cheap. I hate spending money. Since we’ve changed our eating, our grocery budget has gone up roughly $200 a month. UGH. I’ve seen conventional eggs for as cheap as 47 cents a dozen and pastured eggs for as much as $6.50 per dozen! Not cool! But, we should question any food that is that cheap… It means it is mass-produced. Mass-produced eggs means the chickens are kept in horrible conditions and fed sub-par food and are not happy and unhappy chickens produce eggs that are not healthy for you. It doesn’t mean that you should pay $6.50 either though! More and more people are beginning to raise chickens just in their back yards and selling their eggs. Check out your farmer’s market or local health food store and ask around. We thankfully have a friend who supplies us with yummy pastured eggs for a great price! Part of me would love to have a little coup of chickens some day, but I’m content for now to support this local family :).
For more good egg reading, check this out: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/pastured-vs-omega-3-vs-conventional-eggs
Hope you have an EGGcellent day! HA!