Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Learning About Eggs

OMG, now I'm into eggs which is No. 2 on the PPQ coenzyme list (see previous 4/8/14 post).  Since, try as I might, I can't seem to get into No. 1 on the list (natto), I'm now shooting for eggs . . . and once again it seems . . . like the kind they got in Japan.

I found the following info from the Mother Earth News website:

LATEST RESULTS: New test results show that pastured egg producers are kicking the commercial industry's derriere when it comes to vitamin D! Eggs from hens raised on pasture show 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs. 

RESULTS FROM OUR PREVIOUS STUDY: Eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture are a heck of a lot better than those from chickens raised in cages! Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene 

These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. We had six eggs from each of the 14 pastured flocks tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore.

I also found this informative video on YouTube:


Anonymous said...

J: found this on Craigslist (yea you can find anything there almost). I dunno how they would taste but the ones I had was always picked fresh every day and never refrigerated. Ex-FIL would go into the yard and get some for our breakfast every morning. They were free range before they came popular cuz they were all over the dang property (no nests) and it was hide and seek! Type in eggs in the search box on CL. Good luck -N
CL >hawaii >oahu >all for sale / wanted >farm & garden - by owner
Posted: 2 days ago
Chicken Eggs (Free Range) for sale (Haleiwa)
Free range chicken eggs available:

Large & Medium to large: Blue, Brown & light brown - $5/doz.

Small (new layers): Blue, pink & white: $4/doz.

Pick up from Haleiwa. Please leave message here and I will get back by end of day.

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

If you want some free range chickens ...go to walmart @ pearl city, get plenty. I won't tell anyone;)

jalna said...

Sooooo interesting, N, that they come in different colors. Been wondering . . . how safe to eat are these eggs that come directly from the farmer? I imagine the store eggs have somehow been inspected or something to make sure that they're safe for consumption. Is there such a thing as a bad egg? Or heaven forbid . . . one with an embryo inside. That would traumatize me.

Ahahahaha, funny, Anon!

Anonymous said...

J: I would ask the farmer if her eggs are fertile, which I doubt if she's selling them. Yea, I no ken eat balut either. My big concern w/ the ex-FIL eggs was freshness since it was an Easter Egg Hunt daily I wonder how really fresh it was, unless they like to lay in the same areas. But if it's for commercial production they are probably confined to a specific area. Just email and ask I'm sure she won't mind. They say the color of the shell doesn't affect the taste whether it's brown or white, but you know how ppl believe something then it's real for them. I did eat some free range chicken eggs but hers was refrigerated so it tasted the same as regular ones. I think the refrigeration is the one that changes the taste?? Go take a drive out to the country this easter weekend! Aloha -N

Nippon Nin said...

I just laughed when I read the first paragraph...I can't seem to get into No.1 on the list.

This is interesting post. I saw a film (I can't recall the name of the film) about how they treat chickens at commercial chicken farm and I was really bothered by it. It was terrible and scary.

Don't give up on #1 on the list just yet. Ha ha ha.

jalna said...

N, I don't think I ever ate non-refrigerated eggs before. Hmmmm . . . but Haleiwa stay so far.

Akemi, I'm still trying on No. 1.