“Cage-Free,” “Free-Range,” and “Pasture-Raised” Eggs: What’s The Difference?

What’s the difference between “cage-free,” “free-range,” and “pasture-raised” eggs?

Whenever you buy eggs from the grocery store, you may have wondered why they have different labels, such as “cage-free,” “free-range,” and “pasture-raised.” You may have also noticed that they differ in price. Eggs vary in their nutrition profile as well. But one thing’s for sure – the more expensive the egg is, the healthier it is.

Out of the three, pasture-raised eggs are the best. Aside from raising your own chickens, buying eggs labeled as “pasture-raised” ensures that you are getting the healthiest eggs possible. Pasture-raised eggs contain twice the amount of omega-3 fatty acids, triple the amount of vitamin D, four times the amount of vitamin E, and seven times the amount of beta-carotene compared with conventionally raised eggs.

These eggs come from chickens that are allowed to roam outside freely and eat bugs, grass, worms, and anything else they can eat naturally. They may still be given some feed, but it will be high-quality and only a small portion of their overall diet.

If you can’t find pasture-raised eggs and certified humane eggs, go organic. These eggs come from chickens that are fed organic foods, such as grains and soy, but not foods that they would naturally eat in the wild. Continue reading…