Thursday, August 13, 2009

Farm Fresh Eggs

I was very excited to find local, organic, free-range eggs at the farmers market. So along with the peppers, onions and tomatoes I got there, I made omelets. Sorry about the lousy photo, mine started to fall apart as I was removing it from the pan-Murphy's Law! and the kids had already eaten theirs. It was very cool to get eggs that were all different colors and sizes. So unlike the uniform factory farmed eggs that you get at the supermarket.

I don't eat eggs often simply because I try to limit the amount of animal products I consume. But when I do, I make sure they are free-range and organically raised to avoid antibiotic, hormone and chemical residues in the eggs. This also ensures they haven't been fed genetically modified foods, and that they are raised humanely. Healthy chickens produce healthy eggs.

I eat the whole egg, not just the white. I find it sinful that so many people think it's a good idea to throw away the most nutritious part of the egg- the yolk. It contains all of the vitamins-A, D, E, K, B12, folate, choline and more. The white really contains just protein. Like all whole foods, the entire egg should be eaten. The cholesterol in eggs has never been shown to raise blood cholesterol. Eating a high-fat diet has.


NoMeatAthlete August 13, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

I sure wish my farmers market had eggs! I don't really like them by themselves, but I cook with them often. I've heard that using good ones makes a huge difference.

Great point about dietary cholesterol doesn't necessarily raise body cholesterol.

janet August 13, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

I haven't tried them in any recipes yet, but they sure made the best omelets we've ever eaten. I think alot of the increase in flavor is due to the freshness-straight from the farm and not shipped all over the country.

D.Suplicki August 14, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

I still live far enough into the country of North Jersey to be able to pick up fresh local eggs straight from the farm. They're so much better than the ones I can pick up in the store.

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