Organic Eggs vs Regular Eggs – What’s Better?

Published June 21, 2010 – 2:32pm

Posted by: aaroneggs
Here’s a simple question “What is the difference between Organic Eggs and Regular Eggs”?

Wait a second, not so simple. As an avid egg eater, I buy a lot of groceries.   I get the Ralph eggs for anywhere between 17 to 25 cents an egg.   If I want to go the organic route, that number doubles or triples. Naturally, if I’m going to be paying double, I’d like to know the advantages. Hence, the catalyst of my quest to answer the question, “what is an organic egg”?
But wait there’s more. First lets go over the variety of eggs and then we’ll learn about the color of yolks.

• Brown eggs Eggshell color can vary but it has nothing to do with the quality, flavor, nutritive value, cooking characteristics or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell color only depends upon the breed of the hen.

• Omega 3 enhanced eggs are from hens fed a diet flax seed or fish oils. Omega 3 enhanced eggs contain more omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E than the regular eggs. An independent test conducted by the CBC’s TV show Marketplace found that omega-3 enhanced eggs contain approximately 7 times more omega 3 fatty acids than regular white eggs.

• Free-Run or Cage-free eggs are produced by hens that are able to move about the floor of the barn and have access to nesting boxes and perches. The nutrient content of these eggs is the same as that of regular eggs.

• Free-Range eggs are produced in a similar environment as cage-free eggs but hens have access to outdoor runs as well. The nutrient content of these eggs is the same as that of regular eggs.

• Processed eggs such as liquid egg whites or dried egg whites are shell eggs broken by special machines then pasteurized before being further processed and packaged in liquid, frozen or dried form. Process egg products may also contain preservatives and flavor or color additives.

  What does the color of the yolk mean?
Egg yolk color is determined by the type of feed a hen eats. A wheat-based diet will produce a pale yellow yolk, while a corn- or alfalfa-based diet yields a darker yellow yolk. The color of the yolk does not indicate egg quality, freshness, or nutritional value.

   Well OK, what about Organic?
According to Joel Salatin, farmer and author of You Can Farm “a broiler [meat chicken] can be fed certified organic feed in a confinement house, without fresh air and sunshine, without green salads, trucked for hours to a processing plant that electrocutes the bird and spills feces all over the carcass during evisceration, and be labeled ‘certified organic.’ In animal production, organic describes primarily diet, and everything else is either not mentioned at all or is secondary.” But according to other sources, if it says it’s organic, then it’s free range. I’m going to believe Joel on this one.

   Some more resources
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/13/organic-vs-conventional-h_n_201609.html
http://www.organicvalley.coop/faq/eggs/egg-whites/ 
http://www.aeb.org/LearnMore/EggFacts.htm
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