Egg Types and Facts
Organic: from hens that have not been given vaccines or antibiotics. Hens eat organic feed and are usually cage-free; however, they can be in any type of caging system.
Pasteurized: have been heated to 140°F for 3 ½ minutes to kill bacteria but not cook the egg.
Omega-3 Enhanced: from hens fed a diet containing omega-3 fatty acids.
Vegetarian: from hens only fed a vegetarian diet (no animal byproducts). Vegetarian eggs vary. The only true vegetarian eggs are from hens kept in cages where their diet can be controlled. Chickens are actually omnivores because they eat insects and worms.
Cage-Free: from hens that are raised in an open barn setting with bedding materials and boxes to nest and lay eggs. Hens may still be living in close quarters with other hens.
Free-Range: from hens that are given the opportunity to roam outdoors and indoors.
Egg Nutritional Information
Whole eggs contain:
- six grams of high-quality protein
- chloine, an essential nutrient foun in egg yolk which aids in fetal brain development and the maintenance of healthy brain function in adults
- lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolk which benefit eye health and help prevent macular degeneration (leading cause of age-related blindness)