Organic food in general is better for the body and the environment, and follows strict standards in growing and production. Eggs are a great source of protein and can be part of a healthy breakfast or snack, and buying organic eggs instead of commercially produced eggs can make a big difference in terms of nutritional benefits. Find out more in this article.
Advantages of organic food
Organic farming Organic farming is defined by strict regulations which govern what the farmer can and cannot do. Organic food is better for the environment and good for wildlife, animals and of course your well-being. Organic standards ban hydrogenated fats and also additives such as aspartame, tartrazine and MSG. The processes involved in organic farming release less greenhouse gases than normal farming methods, and buying organic, local and seasonal food, can reduce your carbon footprint. Animal welfare Animal welfare is a big part of the organic standard and ensures that animals are given plenty of space and fresh air. For eggs to qualify as organic, they must be produced by free range hens fed on fresh organic poultry feed. This food is not genetically modified in any way. Another important point is that organic food is not genetically modified, or raised on any GM crops.
Commercial egg production Commercial egg production produces eggs which are nowhere near as nutritious as those from organic chickens. Organic eggs contain much more vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene and omega 3 fatty acids. Egg yolks are also one of the few foods that contain vitamin D. Organic eggs Organic eggs contain lots of protein and the protein found in eggs is the best kind of protein for the body. They have one third less cholesterol and one quarter less saturated fat than commercial poultry eggs. Lessening the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in the diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems. It is also thought that eating at least six eggs per week can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women by up to 44%.
Organic chickens will not have been exposed to any foods which may contain small amounts of pesticides, and neither will they have been injected with growth hormones or antibiotics. This makes organic eggs a better choice for young children or pregnant women, who may be more susceptible to the harmful effects of these chemicals. Sources Soil Association - Soilassociation.org About Organics - Aboutorganics.co.uk