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Just how important is your egg source?

by (626)
Answered on April 25, 2014
Created April 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Just how big of a difference is there between truly pastured-chicken eggs and "organic cage free" factory-farmed eggs?

I've taken to the habit of eating 2-4 egg yolks most days (little to no whites). This is likely my most micronutrient dense staple and definitely my primary source of choline.

I mostly eat Kirkland Signature (Costco) brand organic, cage-free eggs. The price is nice and it says organic/cage free but, as I suspected, the sources are shady...

This data is from 4 cooked yolks, presumably of factory-farm origin:

So aside from the boon of omega 6, what else am I risking by using possibly shady organic cage free eggs on a daily basis?

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626 · April 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

ALSO also... let's petition to get them to throw in some other ratios for premium members, such as a sodium:potassium ratio and maybe SFA:MUFA... or just let us set up custom ratios so we can do weird stuff like track glycine:methinoine.

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626 · April 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Also, don't forget you can adjust each and every nutrient's min. req. and upper limit ad nausium. I've adjusted a lot of them. For instance nearly cut my calcium min. in half, bumped up glycine, and adjusted several others...

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626 · April 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Yep. I think if you're half as fanatical as @Stephen 4 about this stuff the premium account is well worth it. Plus you get the phone app free (though I paid for it stupidly)... I use the phone app at least as much as the website. Can sit down while eating and jot down bits of food in my cronometer phone app...

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300 · April 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

For glycine you can go into your foods tab at the top and check extra nutrients in if you want to see them.

I believe the omega 3 and zinc feature is a premium one which you need to subscribe to the service to get.

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1005 · April 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I like the idea that "you are what what you eat eats." A 23:1 omega ratio suggests that those birds weren't eating very well. In some countries, it's common to feed fish to your poultry as a cheap supplement to their pastured diet. I'd be on the lookout for some fishmeal / coco-feed eggs, or try switching in some pastured duck eggs. Greek pastured eggs are in the 1:1-2:1 territory from all the delicious insects / veg they're able to scarf down.

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0 · April 25, 2014 at 4:10 AM

I know not everyone has the space and the time to do this, but if possible get your own chickens! We've been keeping chickens for about 2 years and its great! They do not need much maintenance and this way you KNOW you are getting the very best eggs. We feed them organic non-GMO feed, and try to toss as many weeds and green stuff in there with them which makes for darker yolks. I toss 2-3 raw eggs in my smoothies 2-3 times a day.

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539 · April 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM

In my house (gf and I) we go through 10-12 dozen a month. Once a month I go to a local farm that doesn't supplement any grain whatsoever and they are 100% pastured to pickup 12 dozen at 8$ a dozen. I eat 3 eggs 1-2 times a day so I spend money on them. Are they THAT much better than Kirklands brand? I dunno but in my opinion the quality of them justifies the cost.

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10989 · April 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

My egg source is not currently important to me. That being said, I've been through times when I've driven 45 minutes to get eggs from a farm with actual pastured chickens, the eggs were dark and tasted great, the price was a little more but reasonable. The only reason I'm not doing it now, is , I don't have a reason, but I'm not, lol..

Side question: How did you get glycine to show up on your chron-o-meter account? It doesn't show up on mine. Also the o3:o6 ratio and zinc:copper I'm not seeing.

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300 · April 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

For glycine you can go into your foods tab at the top and check extra nutrients in if you want to see them.

I believe the omega 3 and zinc feature is a premium one which you need to subscribe to the service to get.

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626 · April 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

ALSO also... let's petition to get them to throw in some other ratios for premium members, such as a sodium:potassium ratio and maybe SFA:MUFA... or just let us set up custom ratios so we can do weird stuff like track glycine:methinoine.

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626 · April 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Also, don't forget you can adjust each and every nutrient's min. req. and upper limit ad nausium. I've adjusted a lot of them. For instance nearly cut my calcium min. in half, bumped up glycine, and adjusted several others...

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