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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2012 at 6:16 AM

What are the best eggs to buy?

I know pastures and bug fed are ideal according to PaleoApproved. This raises the omega 3 ratio. Can't find bug fed eggs in NYC.

But flaxseed fed pastured also have high omega 3.

Discuss.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Vegetarian fed means not feeding fish meal, bone meal, feather meal... stuff chickens never would encounter. Unlike, say, seeds, grasses, etc...

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on May 24, 2012
at 03:52 PM

100% vegetarian feed is just a marketing gimmick... chickens aren't vegetarian, but I guess they get their "meat" out in the pasture.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 02:10 PM

The efficiency of conversion of ALA to DHA/EPA is dependent DHA/EPA consumption. Vegans who get essentially no DHA/EPA have pretty decent conversion rates.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I know conversion is poor, but ALA serves zero purpose in the body except as a precursor to EPA/DHA? Hard to believe that.

4de2c59d682664a54cfcd4f0979e1115

on May 24, 2012
at 01:45 PM

No, only about 5% of ALA converts to usable EPA and DHA. http://www.lipidworld.com/content/8/1/33

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 01:17 PM

Thank you. Good points.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:16 PM

ALA is not useable omega-3?

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 01:16 PM

Yeah I've been there. Most pride themselves on offering 100% Vegeterian feed, but are pastured.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 01:12 PM

I think pastured still means fed grains, but they find bugs too.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Definitely. NYC is loaded with farmer's markets that I'm SURE have the eggs you're looking for. And like Matt said, pastured implies they're out roaming around *on pasture,* where they're eating grass, bugs, and grubs -- the little critters crawling *in* the grass. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Pastured = bug-fed.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I can find pastured yes. Can't find bug fed!

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4de2c59d682664a54cfcd4f0979e1115

on May 24, 2012
at 06:49 AM

The omega-3 in commercial flax-fed eggs usually has alpha linoleic acid (ALA) which isn't well used by humans -- conversion to usable omega 3 is low.

Obviously pastured eggs are the best. When I can't get them I go for free range, and up my green/orange vegetable/butter intake to make up for it.

I find it hard to believe that in NYC of all places you can't find pasteured eggs. Try localharvest.org to find a famrer's market, vendor, etc where you can buy them -- it's worth the extra $$.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:16 PM

ALA is not useable omega-3?

4de2c59d682664a54cfcd4f0979e1115

on May 24, 2012
at 01:45 PM

No, only about 5% of ALA converts to usable EPA and DHA. http://www.lipidworld.com/content/8/1/33

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Pastured = bug-fed.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I can find pastured yes. Can't find bug fed!

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 01:17 PM

Thank you. Good points.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I know conversion is poor, but ALA serves zero purpose in the body except as a precursor to EPA/DHA? Hard to believe that.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Definitely. NYC is loaded with farmer's markets that I'm SURE have the eggs you're looking for. And like Matt said, pastured implies they're out roaming around *on pasture,* where they're eating grass, bugs, and grubs -- the little critters crawling *in* the grass. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 02:10 PM

The efficiency of conversion of ALA to DHA/EPA is dependent DHA/EPA consumption. Vegans who get essentially no DHA/EPA have pretty decent conversion rates.

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44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on May 24, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Check out this similar thread if you don't have luck locally: http://paleohacks.com/questions/121990/pastured-eggs-online#axzz1vnpC0oIA

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1144af54f77c61ccb61d1f9b51fe6339

(60)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:09 PM

go to the farmers market in union square. Plenty of options of legit pastured eggs

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on May 24, 2012
at 03:52 PM

100% vegetarian feed is just a marketing gimmick... chickens aren't vegetarian, but I guess they get their "meat" out in the pasture.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Vegetarian fed means not feeding fish meal, bone meal, feather meal... stuff chickens never would encounter. Unlike, say, seeds, grasses, etc...

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 01:16 PM

Yeah I've been there. Most pride themselves on offering 100% Vegeterian feed, but are pastured.

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D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on May 24, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Legit pastured free ranging hens will eat LOTS of bugs and worms and little snakes and even rodents - no worries!

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 24, 2012
at 01:12 PM

I think pastured still means fed grains, but they find bugs too.

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