This is sort of a follow on post from last week’s ‘How to start the day with a better breakfast.’ You can read the post here if your interested; https://beyoutifulinsideoutblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/how-to-start-the-day-with-a-better-breakfast/
As last week’s post had a great response from you all (thank you so much!) then, I thought this week i would follow up with another food related post about the benefits of the humble hen’s egg. My better breakfast post spoke alot about egg ideas to incorporate into your breakfast as it gives you that morning protein kick and the right nutrition to start the day! But i thought why not go a little deeper into the benefits of eggs. I know i don’t do food related posts usually however because this links into last weeks well-being post then i thought, “Why not i’ll give it ago!”
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
Mmmm in my opinion there is nothing better than waking up to buttery toast soldiers with a dippy runny golden yolk. Just thinking about it is lip-smackingly good. However you like your eggs in the morning: boiled, fried, baked, poached or scrambled eggs provide us with so many nutritional benefits. They include minerals like Zinc, Copper and Iron and are even one of the few sources of Vitamin D. You probably already know but they also contain lots of protein (how egg-cellent – hehe i couldn’t resist ‘cracking’ that joke in there.) In the past people would opt for the ‘healthy’ cereals instead of eggs because they were thought of to be quite bad due to the amount of Cholesterol included however eggs provide a healthy source of saturated fats, and i can imagine much more healthier than the ‘healthy’ cereal choices that are often full of sugar. Luckily though eggs have become more of the go to breakfast choices with alot of people and rightly so if there is just so much goodness in just one little egg. I once read that eggs also are a ‘universal happy looking’ food, i would say probably from the gorgeous golden yolk you find inside, but eggs actually support our bodies positive chemicals because they contain many cofactors and amino acids, so it seems like eggs really do give us ‘jolly’ vibes.
Which type is best?
When it comes to the best type of eggs it really comes down to personal preference and opinion. I’ve started to swap over the summer my normal shop with more organic produce the more i have been learning about it and i love it! It can be a little pricey so for now i have left out the organic meat until i have a little bit more money to spend on it. However i do buy free range eggs, Organic eggs are the be best as when i have had them i can notice a huge difference in the colour of the yolk and the way it tastes not to mention the way the hens get treated, but for the time being free-range is the best way to go if you want organic eggs but are finding money tight. Free- range eggs/ Organic eggs mean that the hens are raised outdoors and in the majority of free-range places they don’t undergo beak trimming. It only costs a few pennies more than caged eggs but for me it is the right choice, a few pennies more for a better way of living for the chickens is worth it for sure, and when i have a couple of pounds extra i will convert to Organic! If your interested in the differences between caged, free-range and organic eggs then please read the points below as i’m not trying to persuade you but it will give you a bit of food for thought for the next time that you go to the supermarket to buy your eggs.
For me a caged hens life is so so sad. This is my personal opinion so i know not everyone will agree with me on this but it really does show the way that some human’s treat animals in all the wrong ways.
- The chicks grow up in extremely cramped and dark conditions and are fed processed diet. When they reach the laying age they are put into cages half the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Obviously all places are different but one things for sure they are all cramped in wherever they are. Just look at the pictures of caged hens (I would be too sad to upload to my blog but i am pretty sure you will feel horrified with the conditions they live in.) They also have wire floor in the cages that slope down on an angle because it keeps the hens from sitting properly, which causes their feet to often become deformed.
- Hens have their tips of their beaks cut off this is known as Beak Trimming or Debeaking. Because of their close confinement aggression and feather pecking would be common so permanently ruining their beaks prevents them from doing any damage to the other birds caged beside them. Beak trimming has been banned from a couple of countries but here in the UK it is still apparently OK to do! The reason to them is because if they didn’t then the hens would cause harm to one another…but maybe we should be thinking if we didn’t put the hens in these conditions in the first place them harm wouldn’t happen to one another.
- The places where they cage hens usually hold thousands of them…So just think thousands of hens in windowless warehouses, cramped up together in dark places, never seeing any beautiful sunlight and fed on a processed diet…That’s not the way i would like to be treated.
All of these points are why caged eggs are not as beneficial to us anyway after we have consumed them, mostly because of the unhealthy conditions and the ways that they are being treated, the eggs also would not contain as have as many beneficial contents due to this.
Organic Eggs Vs Free Range
From the above points for me it is disgraceful and so horrific how hens are treated in this way just for us to have quick eggs being made with cheap prices to lure people to pick them up. It’s horrible to me putting ourselves first when the animal who is providing the eggs that we eat is not being thought of at all! Although Free range eggs are better than Caged eggs, Organic eggs are the true winners here because they have many positive points (so don’t worry no more doom and gloom if you found the above hard to read.) In the Uk according to the Soil Association 12 billion eggs and more are consumed each year, 2% are Organic, 47% are Free Range and 48% are Caged and the rest is from hens reared in a barn. Benefits of Organic eggs;
- Organic means there are smaller flock sizes with a lower number of birds per square metre. The Max that Organic have is 2,000 and Free range have Max 16,000.
- Organic farms encourage ranging for the hens so they include more exit holes than free range farms do in the hen house, both allow hens the freedom to roam outside luckily however Organic farms just have a few more holes to do so.
- Beak trimming sometimes is used in some free range farms too sadly just like with the caged hens however it is definitely used with the caged hens and only in some free-range farms (so not all of them.) In Organic farms this is never done!!! They believe (and rightly so) that it severely restricts the hens from expressing their natural behavior and it is a painful process that they don’t need to be put through. In other words it is much better to provide the hens with a stimulating environment which supports their natural behavioural needs rather than ruining their beaks for the production benefits.
- Although free range hens usually have a better diet than caged hens in some cases they can be fed a GM crop diet however Organic farms feed their hens with a GM free diet.
- Organic standards don’t allow their hens to have antibiotics fed in their diet unless they really do get ill. Caged hens are fed antibiotics in their diet to prevent them from illness but because Organic farms give hens a better roaming space and better healthier conditions anyway then antibiotics are less frequently used and definitely not given in their food for preventative measures.
- Free range and organic eggs have a higher nutritional benefit than caged eggs. They have higher levels of Vitamin A & E, double the amount of Omega- 3 fatty acids and have also been found to have less saturated fats and Cholesterol compared to caged hens.
If you are wanting to change to Organic eggs after reading the differences then in the UK look for the Soil Association stamp, this means that the birds have been fairly treated and are Organic if it has a code of ‘O’. This means that it is the highest measure of animal welfare. And of course you can tell if you are eating a better and more pure Organic egg anyway from the richer yellow colour of the yolk!!
So next time you go shopping definitely think about where the eggs have come from and which one will benefit you the most.
LOVE CHARLOTTE XO
UNTIL NEXT TIME BEYOU-TIFUL INSIDE & OUT XOXO