There are several different types of eggs, which can leave people confused.
What all of them have in common is that they come from chickens, but they vary depending on how the chickens were raised and what they were fed.
Conventional Eggs – These are your standard supermarket eggs. The chickens are usually raised in an overfilled hen house or a cage and never see the light of day.
They are usually fed grain-based crap, supplemented with vitamins and minerals. May also be treated with antibiotics and hormones.
Organic Eggs – Were not treated with antibiotics or hormones and received organic feed. May have had limited access to the outdoors.
Pastured Eggs – Chickens are allowed to roam free, eating plants and insects (their natural food) along with some commercial feed.
Omega-3 Enriched Eggs – Basically, they’re like conventional chickens except that their feed is supplemented with an Omega-3 source like flax seeds. May have had some access to the outside.
Conventional vs. Omega-3 Eggs
A study compared the fatty acid composition of 3 types of eggs: conventional, organic and omega-3 enriched (1).
1. Omega-3 eggs had 39% less Arachidonic Acid, an inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acid that most people eat too much of.
2. Omega-3 eggs had 5 times as much Omega-3 as the conventional eggs.
3. There was very little difference between organic and conventional eggs.
It is clear that hens fed an omega-3 enriched diets lay eggs that are much higher in Omega-3 than conventional eggs.
This is important because most people eat too little Omega-3.
So there you have it folks. Now go eat some eggs……..