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Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range or Pastured... Sorting Through the Confusion on Egg Labels

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  • True free-range eggs, now increasingly referred to as “pasture-raised,” are from hens that roam freely outdoors on a pasture where they can forage for their natural diet, which includes seeds, green plants, insects, and worms
  • Regulations on the use of the term "free-range" do not specify the amount of time the hens must spend outdoors, or the amount of outdoor space each hen must have access to. Nor do they indicate that the hen must have access to a pasture diet
  • Certified organic poultry is the only poultry product that is 100 per cent guaranteed to be antibiotic-free
  • Your best source for fresh eggs is a local farmer that allows his hens to forage freely outdoors
  • The idea that eggs, as a source of saturated fats, are unhealthy and promote heart disease is a complete myth. While it's true that fats from animal sources contain cholesterol, eating eggs will not raise your cholesterol levels

By Dr. Mercola

Proteins are nutrients that are essential to the building, maintenance and repair of your body tissues such as your skin, internal organs and muscles. They are also the major components of your immune system and hormones.


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