Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Benefits of Farm Fresh Eggs - Is there really a difference?

My family and I are blessed to have the availability of farm-fresh eggs on a weekly basis.  Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years, but...
...the truth of the matter is that eggs are quite good for you. They are rich in vitamins A, D, E, and B12, aid in muscle repair, and contain certain proteins that keep cell membranes and our nervous system strong. They are also a good source of Choline, which is an important nutrient that aids in regulating the brain, liver, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.  Our bodies need Choline to help cells to function normally. Unfortunately, studies have shown that most Americans are not getting enough choline in their diet.

Eggs also provide our bodies with healthy fat and are the perfect brain food. explains, “One large egg has less than 5 total grams of fat. About 3 grams of that amount come from healthy mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, or MUFAs and PUFAs. Mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help protect your heart by keeping your cholesterol levels within a normal range. These fats may also help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by helping to regulate insulin levels, which stabilizes your blood sugar.”

I recently ran out of our usual farm fresh eggs and had to settle for the store-bought. From the picture below, can you find which egg isn’t the farm fresh egg? The yolks of the farm fresh eggs are bright orange. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the most colorful foods are full of the highest nutritional value.

The one on the bottom left is the store-bought egg. Free-range chickens feed on fresh grass, get natural sunlight, and eat a full spectrum omnivore diet, which all increases their eggs’ omega 3 content. Free-range chicken egg yolks are a rich yellow from the beta-carotene in plants. Store-bought eggs usually come from confined, grain-fed chickens that are not able to feed on the nutritional goodness nature provides.

In addition to the amazing health benefits eggs provide, they are also an inexpensive protein source for the entire family. Here is a healthy, delicious, and inexpensive recipe my whole family enjoys quite often.

With all of this good news about eggs, it makes me want to buy a chicken coop and some chickens so we can have an abundant supply of farm-fresh eggs all the time. I’ve had my eye on this backyard chicken coop for quite some time!

Now to only convince my husband…..

By Shawn Neal


  1. I have never thought about putting black beans and salsa in my omelets before. Thank you! Great article!

    1. It's our favortie way to eat them around these parts! :)

  2. I buy eggs from a farmer who drives from Munfordville to Louisville every other week. They are wonderful eggs. I cringe whenever I am forced to buy store eggs, which I have done rarely in three years(except for when the "girls" take a time out for extreme heat or cold or when molting). As you could see in the photograph, there is definitely a difference- in taste as well as appearance. Organic from the store are better than regular, but there is nothing like a fresh, farm egg. My husband is totally SOLD on the "Good eggs".

    1. So thankful for all of the local farmers who work so hard so that we can have such nutrient rich foods!


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