Are you an egg lover like me?
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Because eggs are a regular part of my diet, I'm SUPER aware of sourcing them and want to share with you what to look for when you buy them, since companies use super shady marketing tactics to convince you they are healthy but in reality are laid by unhealthy sick chickens.
I've noticed SO much confusion about eggs and I hope this email clears it up because first, we don't want to eat eggs from sick chickens, and second, we don't want to support companies who raise sick chickens and sell their eggs!
Before we break it down, let's cover the whole "eggs are high in cholesterol"!
Science told us at one time that a high degree of egg consumption increases your risk for cardiovascular disease due to the fact that eggs are high in cholesterol, BUT a large, long-term study has elucidated that myth. (Study)
The idea that we can have too much cholesterol from food, is ridiculous.
Blaming cholesterol is like blaming firefighters for the fire.
Cholesterol is actually an extremely potent antioxidant and is created to put out the fire in the body!
It's there because the body is inflamed.
We don't want to lower cholesterol, that's not our enemy, inflammation is!
So focusing on decreasing inflammation is key, not decreasing cholesterol!
If you or someone you love is on cholesterol-lowering medications like statins, I highly recommend the book, Put Your Heart In Your Mouth by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride M.D as it will change the way you think about cholesterol and heart disease forever.
The thing is eggs are a very nutrient-dense and healthy food.
They are referred to as "nature's multivitamin" and contain:
Eggs also contain lutein & zeaxanthin, two carotenoids shown to protect the brain and improve neural processing speed!
PLEASE don't toss the yolk.
Egg white omelets are SO out and creation of misguided and bad nutritional advice. The yolk has the most nutrients of the egg so eat the damn yolks please!
So let's break it down so that you can buy eggs with confidence and a clear conscious.
The poultry industry has created a mind game when it comes to sourcing chicken and eggs.
If you have been shopping for chicken or eggs lately, you know how confusing all the labels are.
This is a confusing tactic that USDA allows companies to use which meanings are far from the terms used themselves.
Let’s jump into these labels now so we can learn a little more about what exactly they are and aren’t when it comes to buying poultry and eggs:
The following terms are those to steer clear of:
Terms to look for when buying eggs or chickens:
THE BEST PLACE TO BUY EGGS is from your local farmer or raise them in your backyard!
If you want to take it a step further, you can even rate your eggs at the Organic Egg Scorecard by the Cornucopia Institute where you can learn how egg producers score based on their 5-Egg rating.
If I can't get local eggs, my favorite eggs that I buy that are available pretty much everywhere are Vital Farms Organic Pasture-raised Eggs.
Here is even a little image to save so that you can remember what to look for when buying those delicious and nutritious eggs!
So if you eat eggs, know that they are SO good for you, just make sure you are buying healthy eggs from healthy chickens!
Use the scorecard and the printout to up your egg game!
I hope this email helps clear some of the myths and marketing confusion up and you are ready to buy healthy eggs that support you and your family's health!
In love and light,
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