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Research has shown that grass-fed chickens that eat no grain, but lots of grass and bugs that eat grass, can produce eggs that have Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acid ratios of 2 : 1 or better.
This ratio is perfect for proper human nutrition. We don't feed our laying chickens any chicken feed. They eat what they find, which is grass, bugs that eat grass, mice and about anything that is edible in the wild! Their eggs are perfect!
For more about our Farm Fresh, Grass-Fed chicken eggs click on Pastured Poultry.
Grassfed is best!
Only Some Eggs are Fit to Eat!
You've got it. Big time egg producers are talking up Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Bar none the finest mass-produced egg we've found is Christopher Eggs. It's the only evenly balanced Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acid egg on the market and a tour of their web site is educational and informative. What we find flabbergasting is that there was a time Christopher Eggs were available in, of all places, Wal Mart. But Wal Mart wanted cheaper eggs rather than healthier eggs. So now Christopher Eggs are available in selected Kroger stores as "Kroger Private Selection Omega-3 Eggs." Sure they cost more but they are worth every penny of the additional cost.
Here's what Kroger's Christopher Egg carton looks like.
Behind Christopher Eggs are some other brand name eggs. Both Great Day Naturals and LAND O LAKES™ have what one calls it's "All Natural Omega-3 Eggs" and the other calls "All-Natural Eggs with Omega-3." These eggs are also found in many outlets around the nation. In both cases each egg contains 350 mg of Omega-3 and about 660 mg of Omega-6 fatty acids.
Pilgrim's Pride was another major league egg producer, but it no longer produces eggs. Its improved egg product (EggsPlus) was also nutritionally superior to the regular egg most Americans buy, but still it was not as good as the eggs that come from our grass-fed chickens that eat only grass and bugs that eat grass. Just the same though, Bo Pilgrim's comments about his eggs are more than worth a "look see." What's really intriguing is that he raised improved Omega-3 eggs for his and his family members' health. Makes you wonder what he thought about his regular cheap eggs doesn't it?
Unless an egg contains at least 350 mg of Omega-3, it is basically a worthless egg. Generally speaking eggs will have about 660 mg of Omega-6 so anything less than 350 mg of Omega-3s per egg leads to a large Omega-3 deficit that is difficult to overcome in the daily diet. (For more about "Omega-3 deficits" in foods check out Food Analysis.)
You probably can't read his comments on this picture of the EggsPlus label, so they are quoted below:
I created EggsPlus for my health and the health of my family. My intention was to find an effective way to get Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E into my diet as real food. I found the egg to be the most efficient way to accomplish my goal. I feed the EggsPlus hens a natural, grain-based diet including flaxseed, fish oil, Vitamin E and Lutein. After a number of weeks on this feeding program, the eggs produced by these very special hens qualify as EggsPlus. The Omega-3 (including DHA and EPA), Vitamin E and Lutein are then present in the yolk of the egg.
Enjoy ! "Bo" Pilgrim
(Solely the opinion of Bo Pilgrim)
* The regular mass-produced, production agriculture chicken egg that most Americans buy has an Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acid ratio of 20:1. Professional dietitians recommend a ratio of 1:1 and definitely no higher than 4:1, Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids.
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