5 Facts About Eggs That Will Scramble Your Mind

Nowadays we go to the grocery store and there is a wide selection of eggs to choose from. We used to simply check to make sure there are no cracked eggs in the carton before adding them to our cart, but here are some things that you should know and be checking for before selecting a carton of eggs to bring home to your family.

1. What the Color Means. 
The color of the egg is dependent on the ear lobe of the hen. Generally speaking, white-feathered hens produce white eggs because they have white earlobes and brown-feathered hens produce brown eggs because they have brown earlobes. How egg-citing is that!

2. That a Cost Difference Exists Between White and Brown Eggs, and What it Means. 
Brown eggs are often more expensive than white eggs, but it has nothing to do with their level of nutrition. Brown eggs are often more expensive because they come from a different breed of hen that is bigger and requires more feed. As a result, the consumer feels the increase in price.

3. There Can be a Difference in Taste. 
The richness of taste and color of the yolk is dependent on what type of seed the hens eat. Hens that eat better types of seed, usually those raised on a small family farm, are generally going to eat higher quality seed than those on a large commercial farm. Just another reason why you should shop local and support small businesses and farms!

4. What “Cage Free” Really Means. 
Marketing professionals of the egg industry often try to confuse consumers by plastering fancy lingo that sounds like they are practicing healthy and humane habits, when it is really just an advertising scheme.  When a brand flaunts that they have “cage free” chickens, they are merely saying they let their chickens move freely within a dark, dirty, and cramped barn. “Cage free” is one of the most misleading terms because there are no specific requirements on space and these hens often have little to no access to the outside world. For information on decoding cartons and deciphering what store labels really mean, visit the Certified Humane website.

5. That Humane Certifications Exist and Those Brands Should be Supported. 
The HFAC’s Certified Humane requirements to be considered “Free Range” include providing at least 2 square feet per bird and hens must be outdoors for at least 6 hours per day, weather permitting. To obtain the recognition of “Pasture Raised,” the facility must not exceed 1,000 birds per 2.5 acres (roughly 108 square feet per bird); and the hens must be outdoors year-round, with appropriate housing to protect themselves from predators. Hens may spend up to two weeks out of the year indoors, but only due to inclement weather. All additional standards must be met to be considered both “Free Range” and “Pasture Raised” Certified Humane.

Egg brands that are Certified Humane are listed below:
KIRKLAND
VITAL FARMS
SAFEWAY
PETE & JERRY’S ORGANIC
NELLIE’S NEST EGGS
WILCOX
PHIL’S FRESH EGGS
STIEBRS FARMS
You are ALL doing an egg-cellent job!

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