A recent MOTHER EARTH NEWS study found that compared to conventional American eggs, real free-range eggs have less cholesterol and saturated fat, plus more vitamins A and E, beta carotene and polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.
Left to their own devices, chickens prefer to hang out in lush, green pastures rather than cramped, steel cages (these are from Skagit River Ranch of Washington).
Photo by George and Eiko Vojkovich
Rancho Cappuccino; Lawrence, Kan.
Photo by Bryan Welch
These happy hens at Misty Meadows Farm in Washington produce eggs with quadruple the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids of conventional eggs!
Photo by Melissa Moeller/Miller Meadows Farm
Ise-America; Galena, Maryland.
Photo by Compassion Over Killing
Eggs from Harmony Hill in Virginia have six times more beta carotene than supermarket eggs.
Photo by Dennis Deacon
Pick pastured eggs to support local farms, such as Springfield Farm in Maryland, where the eggs have less than half the cholesterol of commercially raised eggs.
Photo by David Smith/Springfield Farm
Eggs from Spring Mountain Farms in Pennsylvania have 5 1/2 times the vitamin E of conventional eggs.
Photo by Bill Moreton/Spring Mountain Farms
When hens are allowed to roam and forage for their natural diet, they produce superior eggs.