You've all read the marketing gimmicks added to the eggs in the market or in the grocery. They all have labels like Organic, GMO-Free that make them sound high-quality. But are they really?
We've seen it all, organic, free-range, gmo-free eggs added to the eggs like high-fashion tags. Just using "quality eggs" is boring and bored consumers don't buy that.
But just like all consumer issues, have you really benefited from the practical and healthy purpose of buying such eggs?
Do you really know which chickens produce superior quality eggs?
Like the phrase "young, free and happy" matters to raising a chicken and producing their eggs.
Chickens don't really pass the gmo materials to an egg so that leaves us down to the organic claims.
According to Stephen Taylor, professor in Department of Food and Science Technology of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, multiple studies find that the genetically modified (GM) DNA
does not survive in the intestinal tract of broilers. The studies performed comparison of GM and conventional crops in cows, pigs, sheeps and broiler chickens.
Although eggs may get tagged by market producers as organic, they don't also necessarily mean they are superior. Providing chicken with organic feeds does not also mean they are healthier chicken or they produce superior quality eggs.
Chickens are birds still. The phrase "free as a bird" has a deeper meaning. It's an implication of how animals flourish in the wild.
Chickens must be able to do so too. They must be able to hunt and feed themselves with the nutritious food in their natural habitat. They must be able to feed themselves with natural protein diet like insects and bugs.
Corporate chicken producers don't do that. Chickens that are cramped in a cage may be able to produce organic eggs only because they are fed with organic feeds.
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Here comes another marketing tag added to your eggs, free-range.
You might imagine eggs running around in the field, but in reality they do not. Caged chickens may still be called free-range chickens only because they are not cramped in a cage and has a designated area in a "cage" where they can run around and roam free. Yes, they are still caged.
This time, you might get this right on getting your superior quality eggs. Pastured eggs are exactly what you imagined as free. They have access to all good things like bugs, insects, grass, seeds and sun.
To guarantee that you are really getting pastured eggs, you might need a local farmer to do that for you. Someone that you know. Being able to check for yourself how the chickens have been fed and raised is the best guarantee.