As I’ve often said on this blog, once you’ve eaten eggs from hens raised naturally, you’ll never want to eat the factory-produced kind again.
It’s easy to tell a real farm egg from the factory variety. Try this simple test. Just crack open two eggs onto a plate–one from a supermarket and one from a local farmer. The supermarket egg will have a runny yellow yoke. The farm fresh egg will have a firmer yoke, orange in color. Here’s a photo I took demonstrating this.
Of course, the farm fresh eggs not only look better, but they taste much better as well. After eating real eggs, the supermarket eggs seem bland and tasteless.
Taste alone is sufficient reason to eat farm fresh eggs, but there are significant health advantages too. Eggs from hens raised on pasture have:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more Vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
4-6 times more vitamin D
For more details: http://www.motherearthnews.com/eggs.aspx
A final reason to prefer genuine eggs is to avoid complicity in the cruel and unnatural practices of the egg factories. To maximize profits, hens are kept in cages where they barely have room to move. The factories only use White Leghorn hens, because they produce the most eggs on the least and cheapest food. The confined hens are kept in artificial light 24 hours a day to stimulate egg production. They are so confused and distressed by their surroundings that the hens will peck each other through their cages. Because of this the factory operators will often burn the beaks off of the hens. This is what chicken Hell looks like:
If consumers were aware of the cruel, unsanitary and unnatural way these hens are kept, I suspect many would refuse to buy the eggs. But the vast majority remain in a state of ignorance, so the practices don’t change.
A final few thoughts about this. Don’t be fooled by supermarket packaging which says “free range” or “cage free.” Government regulations permit such deceptive language as long as the facility has a “porch,” which the hens can theoretically visit. In fact, they’re almost always kept inside under lights eating cheap unnatural food. The ultimate test is appearance and taste. Open one of the eggs and if it is yellow and runny, then it’s still just a factory egg.
If you can’t keep a few chickens yourself, find a local source for real eggs. You’ll be glad you did.