Better Nutrition - - ASK THE NUTRITIONIST -

Af­ter learn­ing the mean­ing of the terms on eggs, select the type you buy based on:

1. What you can af­ford

2. Farm­ing and pro­duc­tion meth­ods that mat­ter most to you

3. How you will use the eggs


Most of the time, price is a good in­di­ca­tor of egg qual­ity. Be on the look­out for sales on high- qual­ity eggs.

The colors of the eggs are purely a re­sult of the ge­net­ics of the chicken, and make no nu­tri­tional dif­fer­ence.

“Cage- free” and “free- range” pro­duc­tion meth­ods are bet­ter for chick­ens than con­ven­tional farm­ing. Ei­ther term car­ries more weight when ac­com­pa­nied by the Cer­ti­fied Hu­mane seal.

To avoid GMOs, look for Non- GMO Project Ver­i­fied eggs.

To avoid GMOs and pes­ti­cides, select USDA Or­ganic eggs.

If you need more omega- 3 fats in your diet, know that ei­ther omega- 3 en­riched eggs or pas­ture- raised eggs pro­vide higher amounts of these es­sen­tial fatty acids. But un­der­stand that wild fish or grass- fed meat are still much bet­ter sources.

If you’re on a tight bud­get and use eggs mostly for bak­ing, con­sider buying a slightly lower- qual­ity egg than you would when you make eggs as a main dish.

For the most nu­tri­tious choice for you and the health­i­est choice for the chick­ens and the en­vi­ron­ment, seek out pas­ture- raised eggs that also bear the USDA Or­ganic and Cer­ti­fied Hu­mane seals.

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