Sorting out all the different Egg Carton Labels on Your Grocery Store Shelf – Demystifying the Egg Carton Labels By Eliza
Do you know how to read egg carton labels?
I love eggs. They are are a healthy choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert. They are one of the most versatile foods you can buy. They are an awesome food choice to add to your health and wellness plan.
How Do You Cook Your Eggs?
There are so many different ways you can rustle up some eggs. You can poach, fry, bake, souffle or even eat them raw!
Eggs are a wonderful source of fat, protein and very little carbs. An average size large egg has about 5g of fat, 7g of protein and only 0.4g of carbs. They also have the nutrients choline and lutein which are helpful to your brain and eye health.
Eggs weigh in at about 70 calories! Some people prefer to eat just the whites or the yokes but eating both is best as this allows you to get all the nutritional value of the whole egg.
Demystifying the Egg Carton Label –
Is Reading the Label of the Egg Carton Enough?
I think it is important to not only read the label on the egg carton, but you should know where your eggs come from including how the hens were looked after and raised.
Walking down the grocery store aisle in the dairy department can be somewhat overwhelming. There are so many different types of egg cartons to choose from. Keep in mind as you read egg carton labels that there are many tricky marketing tactics out there to get you to buy a company’s eggs.
Labels like “natural,” “farm-fresh” and “cage-free” may seem healthy and more humane – But are they?
I hope to help you demystify the different egg carton label you will see on the shelf in the dairy section of your grocery store..
Misleading Labels on Egg Cartons
- Omega-3 Enriched – Usually this means the hens are fed flax seeds to increase the omega-3 in their eggs. In theory, this sounds like a good idea, however, you are more than likely getting an insignificant amount of omega-3’s. You would be better off saving your money and having a handful of nuts or 2 tablespoons of flax seeds..
- Vegetarian Fed – These hens are typically fed a vegetarian diet, mostly consisting of corn and soy. Farmers often use corn and soy as they are cheap feed. Unfortunately corn and soy do not provide many nutrients. What’s most troubling here is that the hens are often not allowed to forage for food like worms, insects and larvae which is natural to them. They are usually kept indoors in order to be sure they are only eating a vegetarian diet. It would be good to investigate further before buying eggs with this label.
- Cage-free – This label is misleading. Cage-free simply means the hens do not live in cages. The hens typically live in a barn. They can be packed so tightly they are unable to spread their wings or feed comfortably. Often these packed conditions can lead to diseases and stress. This is another label you should be cautious about when buying.
- “Farm-fresh” and “Natural” – these labels have no meaning and are ‘buzzwords used by the industry to sell eggs. They are marketing ploys. “Farm-fresh” has no quantifiable measure and “Natural” just means in nature they came from a hen and no additional coloring or flavors were added to the eggs.
Credible Egg Carton Labels
The following labels have the support of the FDA. They contribute to the nutritional components of the egg and your health.
- Pasture-raised – means the hens are allowed to go in and out of the barn whenever they want. This means they are free to roam and hunt for food. This is as close to living in the wild as possible.This is the label you should look for when buying eggs. It may be hard for you to find a pasture raised brand, but your local farmer’s market is a good choice!
- Free-range/Free-roaming – this label is not as good as Pasture-raised but is better than “cage-free”. The hens are kept in barns. However there are no regulations as to how much time that there are allowed out to roam free.
- Certified Organic – According to the USDA, these hens are fed a vegetarian diet free of antibiotics and pesticides. Their outdoor time is not regulated. Organic may be the better way to go if you can’t find Pasteurized.
My Final Thoughts
Don’t be fooled by egg carton labels. There are definitely a lot of different labels on egg cartons – some of them quite misleading that may leave you feeling somewhat overwhelmed. I hope my article will helps you with demystifying the egg carton label and helps you choose which kind of egg you want to buy!
Ultimately, the choice is up to you. But from my research I think pastured eggs would be your best choice.
Pastured eggs come from free roaming hens. Their diet is made up of different kinds of seeds, plants, worms, and insects. They can roam freely outside in nature and eat as much or as little as they wish. They are not given antibiotics or hormones.
If you’ve got any tips or info on how you choose your eggs, please let me know in the comments! If you have enjoyed my article and have found it helpful, I would be honored if you shared it with your family and friends or on Facebook.
Recipe: Egg Muffin
12 large eggs
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, (red, white or yellow/brown)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional toppings (Choose 3 or 4)
1/4 cup fresh spinach, chopped
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup cooked bacon, chopped
1/4 cup sliced brown mushrooms
1/4 cup red bell pepper, (capsicum), diced
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Spray a 12 muffin tin with nonstick spray
- Whisk together eggs and onion in a bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Pour egg mixture halfway up into each greased muffin cup.
- Add toppings of your choice
- Sprinkle with a pinch of shredded cheese
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Serve OR store in an airtight container in the refrigerator
- Can be frozen for about 2 months
Quote: “You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.” English Proverb
Today’s Affirmation: “I am eating foods that make me feel good.“
Until next time,
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