Eggs are among the most nutritious foods in the planet. They are packed with healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. They are good for focus, energy, eyes, skin, inflammation, recovery, satiety, muscle growth, brain health, preventing cancer etc. The list of benefits is truly endless. In recent years, eggs have come under considerable fire for their high cholesterol content, with many suggesting that they could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, studies continue to prove that there is no such link and even are going as far to suggest say that regular egg consumption may actually prevent blood clots, stroke and heart attack. However, it is important to note that not all eggs are not created equal for both you and the chickens
Cage Free Eggs: This is marketing scheme. In most cases, this simply means they’ve traded a small cage for a much larger one, also known as a “henhouse” (enormous industrial enclosure). These chickens are cramped, stressed, and have to fight for food which often results in their beaks being partially snipped in the first few days of their life. They can’t roam, bathe in the sunshine, or eat a natural diet. They’re also pumped with antibiotics—some of which can pass from the chicken to the egg. Not cool.
Free-range: Can be a BS label. Government regulations have a broad definition of “free range”, and generally only require that poultry farmers allow their hens some form of access to the outdoors. Therefore, most farmers opt for the cheapest and easiest available option – a tiny chicken-sized door in a corner of the shed. Although these chickens have the option to go outside, most either can’t or choose not to anyway. To truly know just how “free range” those eggs are, you need to do your own brand-specific investigations.
Pastured Eggs: Pastured hens are raised on farms that allow them to roam freely to their hearts’ content. They receive ample sunshine, and aren’t injected with hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. Life is good for the pastured hen, and they pass this down into your pastured eggs. Studies have shown that eggs from pastured hens eggs contain higher amounts of omega-3 fat and are much higher in vitamin A and E.
Enjoy your pastured eggs and watch your tennis game improve.