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Not all eggs are cre­ated equal. Here’s what the dif­fer­ent la­bels mean.

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Cage- free

these are laid by hens that are not housed in en­clo­sures. they roam in a build­ing, room or open area that in­cludes nest­ing space and perches. Un­like hens that pro­duce free-range eggs, they do not usu­ally have ac­cess to the out­doors.

Cer­ti­fied or­ganic

these eggs are usu­ally laid by cage-free as well as free-range hens raised on 100 per cent cer­ti­fied or­ganic feed – no syn­thetic pes­ti­cides, fungi­cides or fer­tilis­ers. or­ganic eggs may also come from caged chick­ens, says bibi chia, prin­ci­pal di­eti­tian at raf­fles Di­a­betes & en­docrine cen­tre.

Free- range

these eggs are laid by hens al­lowed to roam freely out­doors in­stead of be­ing re­stricted to en­clo­sures. on top of eat­ing grains, they may for­age for wild plants and in­sects.

Omega- 3 en­riched

egg yolks al­ready con­tain some nat­u­rally-oc­cur­ring omega-3 fatty acids, like do­cosa­hex­aenoic acid (DHa). but these eggs pro­vide even more as they are laid by hens fed a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, says the amer­i­can egg board. each packs 100mg to over 600mg of the ben­e­fi­cial fatty acid, which is also found in oily fish, and needed for the proper de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of brain cells.

Pas­teurised

these eggs are heated to a tem­per­a­ture just be­low the co­ag­u­la­tion point to de­stroy sal­mo­nella, a bac­terium that’s a ma­jor cause of food-borne ill­ness through­out the world. they can be used for lightly cooked or un­cooked food prepa­ra­tions, such as may­on­naise, cream or mousse. pas­teurised eggs are some­times rec­om­mended for young chil­dren, the el­derly and peo­ple with weak­ened im­mune sys­tems to lower their risk of con­tract­ing a sal­mo­nella in­fec­tion.

Kam­pung

these come from kam­pung chick­ens. their nu­tri­ent con­tent is sim­i­lar to that of nor­mal eggs, says bibi. Many peo­ple as­sume that the chick­ens are free- roam­ing but they are not, she says. the term kam­pung chicken refers to a breed of chicken found in Malaysia and in­done­sia.

Brown

the colour of the shell has noth­ing to do with the nu­tri­tional value, qual­ity or flavour of the egg. the colour de­pends on the breed of the hens. the amer­i­can egg board says hens with white feath­ers and white ear lobes lay white eggs, while those with red feath­ers and red ear lobes lay brown eggs.

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