Cuisine at Home : 2020-02-11

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He A Lt H Y Cuisine

ORGANIC The problem is that there’s no regulatory definition of free-range, so in practice the outdoor space could be quite small, and that access might be available to only a fraction of the hens in a given house. It’s best if it’s attached to a third-party verificati­on of animal welfare standards. PASTURE-RAISED A fairly good indicator, the term means birds were mostly raised outside and let loose to roam and forage for food. Consider it a notch above freerange and cage-free. That said, it’s not enforced by the USDA, so the exact meaning is rather hazy. Your best bet is to believe this claim when it is paired with one of the legit animal welfare labels like “Certified Humane Raised and Handled.” VEGETARIAN FED FREE E- CAG VEGETARIAN-FED This is fairly straightfo­rward, but the reason it’s noteworthy is that a lot of agribusine­ss involves feeding food animals parts of other animals. Although this issue isn’t as relevant in the egg industry as it is in meat and poultry, it can be a reassuranc­e for some shoppers, and especially vegetarian shoppers. FREERANG E HORMONE FREE OMEGA-3s This label means the hen’s feed included one of the main sources of omega-3 fatty acids — most commonly fish oil, flaxseeds, or flaxseed oil. Although you can indeed add to your daily omega-3 tally this way, the challenge is knowing which type of omega-3 and how much you’re getting, since the conversion to human nutrient is unclear on the packaging and not required on the label. These eggs are probably perfectly fine to eat, but can sometimes be a waste of the extra money. You might focus your omega-hunting attentions elsewhere in your diet, such as by eating fish or flaxseed directly. OMEG A-3 H ES FR - RM FA PASTU R RAISE D NA TU RA L 35 ISSUE 140 | APRIL 2020