Free Range? Free Run? Brown? White? Organic? Grain fed? Is this confusing or what?
Let’s clear things up a little here.
If you see the Canada Organic label on the carton then the hens are raised open range with access to the outdoors whenever weather conditions permit. Their diet is organic. These egg farmers operations are audited by organizations that are certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
All other claims are uncertified and they include:
Free Run – hens are cage free but have no access to the outdoors.
Free Range – hens are cage-free and have some out access.
Pasture Raised – hens spend some time outdoors.
Raised without antibiotics – hens aren’t routinely fed antibiotics but if treated with antibiotics due to illness, they can’t carry the claim.
Nest Laid – hens have access to nesting areas and perches however crowding can still occur
Grain Fed – all hens are grain fed but they also may be fed animal products or by products.
Fed No Animal By Products – hens are not fed animal products or by product.
Hormone Free – No hens are fed hormones – it is illegal.
Brown or White - Aside from the colour of the eggshell, there is little difference between brown and white eggs. The eggshell colour depends on the breed of the hen. Generally speaking, white shell eggs come from hens with white feathers, while brown shell eggs are produced by hens with brown feathers. Nutritionally, both brown and white eggs are identical unless the feed has been enhanced.
Omega 3 eggs – according to Canadian Egg Farmers that market omega 3 eggs, their hens are fed flaxseed as well as vitamin E to prevent rancidity of the delicate omega 3 oils.
Each large egg contains 6 grams of protein and 14 essential nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, folate, iron and zinc. Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids.