[Eggsy Guide] Select the Right Type of Eggs
What came first? The chicken or the egg? We may never know. However, when it’s time to buy eggs, you better know what you are paying for. Cage-free, organic, omega-3, pasture-raised, Grade AA or A, brown or white—are you tempted just to grab a familiar option? Think twice. Not every egg is the same, and the most expensive ones may not be the best for your need. Here’s our guide on the different types of eggs.
Standard white eggs or standard brow eggs are eggs that come from hens that are typically raised in conventional hen houses. The difference in egg colors is simply determined by the breed of the hens; therefore it doesn’t really affect the eggs' nutrition level or taste—so stay away from paying extra for brown eggs!
You’ve probably heard about organic eggs. These are eggs from hens received organic feed and not treated with antibiotics or hormones. The hens are allowed free range of their houses, as well as access to outdoors (although the amount of time outside isn’t specified). Organic feed is grown without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer.
Omega-3 (Enriched) Eggs are Eggs from conventional chicken with Omega-3 feed supplements, such as flax seeds, algae or fish oils. The chicken may have some access to outdoors. There are also Vitamin Enhanced Eggs, or eggs laid by hens with diet supplements such as alfalfa, rice bran and sea kelp, resulting in eggs with higher levels of vitamins.
Cage-free Eggs, also labeled as “from free-roaming hens,” are laid by hens that are allowed to roam in a room or open area, usually in a barn or poultry house. But keep in mind that cage-free hens don’t necessary have access to the outdoors, and they still may live in crowded barns.
Free-Range Eggs, pastured-raised eggs are from hens that are allowed to roam free outdoors, eating their natural food of plants and insects, along with some feed supplement.
So, do you think you can make an informed decision next time you see the different types of eggs? Also, the eggs you get in the stores can be anywhere from 2 to 7 weeks old before they even get on the shelves – do pick places with faster circulation, or direct to consumer channels like Eggsy.