Benefits of pasture raised eggs

Better for your body

Mother Earth News, a strong advocate of better farming practices, ran the most thorough nutritional comparison of pasture raised eggs vs. conventional eggs study that we know of. And the results are quite something.

In comparison to a conventional egg, pasture raised eggs contain:

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more Vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more Vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene

A follow up study showed that the significant sunlight exposure the hens enjoy translates from the sun to the hens to the eggs in the form of increased levels of Vitamin D – by as much as 4 to 6 times more than conventional eggs!

Better for hens

These eggs are laid by hens that get to spend their days outside on fresh pastures – not cooped up in small cages or huddled by the thousands in cage-free barns. The eggs are simply better in every way. They taste better. They look better. They’re better for you. And the hens that lay them live happy, healthy lives as close to their natural habitat as is possible.

By dining on wild grasses and bugs, our hens are getting a whole lot more vitamins and minerals than they would on a corn-based feed alone. Add in the clear benefits of the outdoor lifestyle they enjoy – cleaner, less stressful, less competitive, plenty of fresh air and sunlight – and it’s obvious why the eggs are so much better.

Better for the land
Birds on pasture or cropland act as miniature manure spreaders that fertilize the soil. They turn and mix soil and manure as they scratch for insects and worms, increasing organic matter and improving fertility. The calcium-rich manure from laying hens can raise the pH of soil over time, making the ground more conducive to highly palatable forages like clovers, vetches and orchardgrass.