4 Claims on Egg Labels—and What They Really Mean
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Eggs-tra healthy? Yes. Eggs from one popular omega-enhanced brand contain 225 milligrams of omega-3s each; a standard large egg has only 37 milligrams. Flaxseed-enriched eggs may be an especially good bet for some vegetarians, since meat- and seafood-free diets can be deficient in the healthful fatty acids.
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Eggs-tra healthy? Maybe. With these eggs, it's possible you'll minimize your potential exposure to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that may be used in conventional chicken feed, says Michael K. Hansen, PhD, senior staff scientist at Consumers Union.
Eggs-tra healthy? Possibly. Although there are no uniform standards for how pastured hens are raised, a Penn State study revealed that eggs laid by one group of pasture-raised hens had twice as much vitamin E and more than double the omega-3s compared with eggs from caged hens that were fed just a commercial grain diet.
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Eggs-tra healthy? Nope. "There's no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs," says Paul Patterson, PhD, a professor of poultry science at Penn State. "Because brown-egg-laying hens are larger, they require more feed, so their eggs are often more expensive," lending an aura of superiority that has zero nutritional basis.