Lately, I have been eating a lot of organic free range eggs. The other day, as I sat down to eat yet another boiled egg I thought about writing an article on them. And then I thought I don’t really know much about eggs and maybe I am eating too many of them?
So, my journey into the world of eggs began. And I am happy to report they are not only good for you. This wonderful source of food is considered one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
I have been on a bit of a health binge these past few months. Anything containing sugar and phytic acids are off the list. This means I have even given up my daily dose of dark chocolate and eat fewer beans and grains.
Therefore, I have had to look for alternatives for those times I am feeling hungry. Which is why organic free range eggs have become my favourite meal replacement.
Egg shells I know are very good for you. I am in the habit of crushing egg shells up and adding to a smoothie or yoghurt. The shells are very high in calcium, but I have never been in the habit of actually eating the egg itself.
I like to boil up a few eggs and keep them in the fridge for a quick snack. My daughter will take one to School for a snack some days too, which is great.
One thing I noticed when researching on the unassuming egg, is a lot of people asking whether eggs are dairy. Well, they are not a dairy source of food and if you are avoiding any dairy food, then you can happily eat up!
Organic Free Range Eggs
You might be as surprised as I was to discover just how good for you organic free range eggs actually are. In fact, they are loaded with so much goodness, it’s a wonder how the humble egg can be still under the radar.
Well, let us bring the unassuming egg out of hiding. And drink in the wonderful benefits eating one can give the body.
First of all, I think the best place to start is to acknowledge this is a great food source for losing weight. Because it is considered a high satiety food, meaning it will satisfy your hunger for longer. And is one of the reasons I love to eat them, often I will have a couple of boiled eggs for a snack and it can keep me satisfied for some time.
Eggs give a good amount of protein, this is found in the yolk. Having a good amount of protein a day is great for improving muscle strength and protecting against muscle degeneration. This, of course, happens as your body ages and that is why it is important to include as much protein from natural sources as you can.
I know most of us try to avoid unhealthy fats in our diet, that is the saturated kind. The good thing about organic free range eggs, they offer the good fat unsaturated. This type of fat, by the way, is considered the best kind of fat your body needs. Unsaturated fat will help guard against heart disease and help lower high cholesterol.
Cholesterol Levels And Eggs
Now, the irony here is the assumption eggs raise cholesterol levels and this is not the case. Eating them will not make your cholesterol levels any higher, what will raise cholesterol levels is too much trans fat and saturated fat.
The problem is not the egg itself, but what a person will usually eat alongside with it. Usually, toast, bacon, etc and it is this other food that contributes to high cholesterol.
Did you know your liver is accountable for the cholesterol production in the body? Eating one large egg contains around 200mg of cholesterol. If you do have to watch your cholesterol levels because of diabetes for example, and you like eggs. Maybe, you could eat one now and then with nothing else added.
Unfortunately, even though eggs are considered a dietary cholesterol. There are some people who are quite sensitive to this and need to watch their intake. If you are not sure, you should probably speak with your Doctor.
Research on cholesterol levels and one egg a day show there is no increase in blood cholesterol levels.
Vitamins And Minerals In Eggs
Now let’s move onto all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in organic free range eggs.
lutein and zeaxanthin are two antioxidants found in eggs and good for helping improve eyesight. However, it seems you will only get the benefits of these antioxidants depending on what the egg producers feed the hens. If the yoke of the egg is a rich orange-yellow color than you can be sure it is rich in lutein.
Even the amount of vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 in eggs, will depend on a hen’s diet.
The vitamins and minerals found are Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B5, Vitamin D, Sodium, Vitamin E, Omega 3, Omega 6, Folate, Vitamin A, Thiamin, and Selenium.
Buying Organic Free Range
When you buy eggs organic free range eggs, it means the hen’s are fed a diet of certified organic feed. You can also be sure the hen is free from any chemical additives, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, a hen will be given antibiotics only if there is an infection. Otherwise, hen’s are free to roam and feed naturally.
On the other hand, commercial chickens are routinely given antibiotics.
You have to also be careful if you are buying free range and not organic. Free range can mean the hen has some access to outdoors, may be given antibiotics, and have a non organic diet.
I find the whole egg industry confusing, it seems to be poorly regulated and every carton of eggs I see in the Supermarket these days has the label free range. And this can mean anything, it really doesn’t tell me a lot.
Buying organic you are paying a little bit more, but the cost is nothing compared to what organic free range eggs will do for your health.