The Many Benefits of Farm Fresh Eggs
Farm fresh eggs are a healthy food. Even eggs from factory farmed chickens can be healthy, but farm fresh eggs are special. What specifically are the benefits of farm fresh eggs? How can you really tell the difference between what might be sold are farm fresh eggs but really aren't? What is the nutrition in farm fresh eggs? Read on to find out.
First off, just because eggs have a brown shell doesn't mean they come from a farm or are fresh. A brown shell simply indicates a breed of chicken and doesn't imply anything else. What really matters about the eggs are what the chickens eat and what they do, as in exercise.
Farm eggs will typically have a thicker shell compared to factory farmed chickens because farm chickens often get more calcium in their diet. Believe it or not, chickens that run around outside will purposely eat little stones to help with digestion and for extra nutrients. One of these benefits is stronger shells.
Farm eggs also often have a yolk that is a deeper orange in color. The eggs also taste richer and creamier than factory farmed chicken eggs. Tastes are subjective so I can't say the taste is better, but everyone I know, with the exception of my father-in-law, prefers the taste of farm eggs. Farm fresh eggs also tend to whip up fluffier when you are using eggs in recipes.
This sounds weird, and I'll explain, but you can actually tell how fresh and egg is by hard-boiling it and then peeling it. Fresh eggs are fuller contents; the whites of the egg are pressed right against the shell. As eggs age, small amounts of the whites evaporates, leaving the egg less full. When you hard-boil an egg, fresh eggs will have the solid whites pressed right against the shell, actually making peeling the egg a little more difficult. When you peel and aged egg, the shell and the white of the egg are not so close together and the shell peels off much easier. Run cold water over the fresh boiled egg to make peeling easier.
How long do farm fresh eggs keep? There isn't a straight answer to this because some of it depends on the temperature at which the egg is kept. However, if you keep the eggs refrigerated, you can expect 1 to 3 months. A clever way to tell if the egg is still good to eat is to fill a sink with water, and place the eggs in the water. The eggs that sink to the bottom are fine to eat. Throw away any eggs that float, just to be safe.
One large egg, or 56 grams of egg generally has:
- 80 calories
- 50 calories from fat
- 237 mg of Cholesterol
- 8 grams of protein
Compared to factory chicken eggs, farm eggs have:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 4 times as much vitamin D
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 7 times more beta carotene
Eggs are great for pregnant women! Eggs are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that helps fetal brain development. Two eggs have half the recommended daily intake of choline for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Eggs are also help you stay feel fuller for longer, a great thing when you are dieting. The high-quality protein in eggs fills you up and helps you stay energized. Little wonder eggs are popular for breakfast.
Finally farm fresh eggs come from happier healthier chickens. I won't go into the awful details, but the conditions of factory farmed chickens is astonishingly horrible, at best. A quick Google search will back up this statement. When you pay a little extra for farm fresh eggs, you are getting a better, healthier product, and contributing to a better life for the chickens that made the egg for you.
And even better than buying farm fresh eggs, is gathering farm fresh eggs from your own chickens. Check out some of my other articles on how easy and fun it is to have chickens: