I think eggs are a great source of protein. The yolk and white each have about 11 amino acids and when combined together, (as it’s found in nature) is a complete protein with an extremely high “Biological Value”.
This also means all of you silly people who are eating only the egg whites, are missing out on half the amino acids and most of the nutrients.
The yolk, even though it has all the fat and cholesterol, does NOT increase your “bad” LDL lipoprotein cholesterol. It actually increases your, “good”, HDL lipoprotein cholesterol.
And the best way to eat eggs are raw, but since most won’t do this – you should have the yolk runny and soft – you don’t want to “over heat” it and change the fat structure. Thus, soft-boiled or “sunny side up” would be ideal.
Eggs are great for building muscle AND losing fat. Great for your brain. And, fantastic for optimizing your hormones.
However, the problem is that most eggs come from unhealthy chicken and thus, the eggs are also “unhealthy”.
So, you think you’re doing the right thing by eating eggs that say:
- “Cage Free”
- “Free Range”
- “Vegetarian Raised”
- “Pasture Raised”
And yet, the prices vary greatly and at the end of the day, you’re getting lied to.
So today’s article will quickly explain the real truth behind the “marketing scams” of the food industry. And I’ll also reveal the BEST and only type of egg you should be eating.
I’m Paying More, So It Must Be Better
When I was having the conversation with one of my fitness friends, he said “I only get cage free, it costs more, but it’s worth it. It’s better for the chicken, the environment and it’s a healthier egg as well.”
And I said to him, “yeah, that’s what THEY want you to believe – but this isn’t the case. It’s not even close!”
Cage Free – Not!
This simply means that the chickens are not in “boxed cases”. However, they’re still confined in very small and closed off quarters inside a building. They get no sunlight or access to the outdoors. Their days are spent without any movement, standing in their own filth.
Free Range – Not!
According to the USDA regulation, “free range” only means that the chickens are allowed “access” to the outside with no specifications as the quality or the duration of that outside exposure.
In this situation, the chickens are still crammed in large warehouses. However, there is a small door on one end that opens to a few feet of outside dirt space.
But the sad truth is that the chickens never even know that door exists and couldn’t get there even if they wanted to.
Vegetarian Fed – Bad!
This is a newer term that is appearing on egg cartons. People read it and think, “Wow. The chickens must be fed healthy vegetables and grains.” Ummm…no.
A chicken is a natural carnivore. It eats on flesh. It also likes to eat bugs and insects. It is NOT a vegetarian.
A “vegetarian raised” chicken is completely raised on industrialized feed (probably GMO) and is never allowed outside. EVER! This is actually the WORST form of egg.
Pasture Raised – This Is It!
So, this is the type of eggs I eat, including animal protein.
Although it does not have any current regulations, it is being used by sustainable farmers to mean chickens raised in the outdoors… in the pasture.
Thus, this is what you actually think about – chickens outside, doing their own thing in nature. This is what you want to buy if you are shopping for eggs.
And yes, this does cost more – but it’s well worth it.
Another thing to remember is that all of these other ones I mentioned today – “cage free”, “free range”, “vegetarian” and so forth – well, you’re paying way more for the LABEL, even though the egg is not any healthier.
So either get the cheapest eggs you can find if you don’t care …. or only get Pasture Raised.
Everything else is a scam and a waste of money.
However, I want you to remember that when you eat something, you’re eating what IT ate too. If the animal ate unnatural foods for its species, GMO sources and so forth, it changes the hormones and structure of the animal and protein and thus, you’re getting junk.
This is true for vegetables, carbohydrates, fruits, and fats, and ALL foods.
If you put bad fuel in your car, it’s not going to run optimally and it’ll cause things to break down much faster.
So try your best to put the “best fuel” in YOUR body – eat as close to natural as possible.