Monday, 15 October 2007

Organic, free range, cage free -- what does it all mean?

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If you care about animal rights (and I do), then you understand how hard it is to find a cruelty-free egg. But if animal rights aren't on your radar, you may be surprised to learn that eggs laid by healthy, happy hens are more nutritious than eggs laid by birds kept in crowded, unsanitary cages.

The best way to find eggs laid by happy hens is to find a local source. You can visit the farms and see for yourself how the chickens are raised. It's less likely to be a large, commercial operation, and your eggs won't have to travel thousands of miles to reach you. But if a local farm just isn't an option, take a minute to school yourself in egg carton lingo. For instance, did you know "all-natural" doesn't really mean anything? On the other hand, if a package says "certified humane," then you know the farm has been inspected and certified by outside sources.

It's not always easy to find a cruelty-free egg, but you can't beat the benefits. Less cholesterol and saturated fat, more vitamin A and E, and more beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids mean more nutrition for you!

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