Have you ever wondered what the differences are between supermarket cages eggs and free-range eggs? Shopping for eggs has to be one of the most confusing and time consuming part of your shopping trip.
Here, I have made shopping for eggs easy and I will share my helpful tips to make your shopping experience for eggs a walk in the park! This is an excellent guide for shopping for your Clear Skin Project ingredients too.
These eggs are the worst of the bunch and the most inhumane. These chickens are “commercially farmed”, raised in battery cages were cages are stacked up on top of each other and the chicken has clipped wings. They are kept in pitch black and have no exposure to the sun or any type of exercise. Steer clear from these eggs as not only are they inhumane, but contain less nutrition than other kinds of eggs.
Cage-Free chickens are not raised in the same conditions as caged eggs but they are most likely still raised in a small area with little exposure to the sun and exercise. Cage-free eggs can be deceiving because you automatically assume that they would be free, roaming as they please.
FREE RANGE EGGS
Free range chickens have exposure to the outdoors for a portion of their life however it does not mean that the chickens must be allowed to roam grassy yards or ensure a certain amount of time outdoors in an appropriate amount of space. It still can be a little deceiving as you cannot be sure of the exact amount of time and space that the chicken receives however it is a far better egg option than caged and cage-free eggs.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC EGGS
These are the pick of the bunch as it means that the food that the chickens enjoy is certified organic and they cannot be pumped full of antibiotics – reducing your exposure to toxins. These chickens would spend the most amount of time outdoors in an appropriate amount of space and are the egg of choice!
So now that the different types of eggs have been cleared up, you should be more familiar with the supermarket jargon you see on egg packaging. Remember that eating healthy is a journey and you don’t necessarily have to change all your choices at once. It’s best to gradually change your choices based on what you can afford and what your values are.
Focus on including as much whole, real foods into your diet as possible as we talked about in Clear Skin Project.
Some final tips on egg shopping:
- Price is a good indicator of quality
- When a chicken is under stress you lose nutrition in the egg
- Free range and cage-free are better than caged eggs
- Choose certified organic whenever possible
- Choose organic when possible
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