are one of the most beneficial foods you can eat, and it's a shame
they've been criticized for so long in the United States.
But not all eggs are created equal.
from truly organic, free-range chickens are FAR less likely to contain
dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, and their nutrient content is
also much higher than commercial raised eggs.
superior nutrient levels are most likely the result of the differences
in diet between free ranging, pastured hens and commercially farmed
If you are eating organically, then you have learned how
important the diet and care of an animal is to the quality of its meat,
and in this case, their eggs. But have you ever thought about what
happens to these eggs AFTER they are collected?
think that organic eggs would be your best choice when picking them up
at the grocery store. However, most states have laws that make them
illegal unless all the eggs that are sold commercially are processed in
a way that could damage them.
Some states require that all eggs
receive a chlorine bath and mineral oil coating before they are nestled
into their cartons. There are vast differences in how eggs are
processed and handled, even under the "certified organic" label. As it
turns out, what happens outside the shell is as important as what happens inside the shell.
are a porous membrane. Like your skin, what's put ON your egg goes INTO
your egg. Meaning, whatever the eggshell comes into contact with can
cross over this semi-permeable membrane and end up in your scrambled
eggs, from chlorine to mineral oil to dish soap -- to salmonella.
So, how can you tell if your eggs have been washed in chlorine or lye, or in some other chemical, or coated with mineral oil?
You can't tell by looking at them.
only way to know if your eggs have been washed or oiled (and using what
agents) is to ask the producer -- and the only way to do that is to buy
from small local farmers you have direct contact with.
is important to know where your food comes from. And if you don't ask,
they won't tell you. The key here is to buy your eggs locally. About
the only time I purchase eggs from the store is if for some reason I
missed my local egg delivery.
Finding high quality organic eggs
locally is very easy. If you live in an urban area visiting the local
health food stores is typically the quickest route to finding the high
quality local egg sources.
are another great way to meet the people who produce your food. With
face-to-face contact, you can get your questions answered and know
exactly what you're buying. Better yet, visit the farm -- ask for a
tour. If they have nothing to hide, they should be eager to show you
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Remember, clean and happy chickens lead to healthy eggs.