Look at the big selection of eggs there - cage-free, barn, free-range, taste the difference free-range, woodland free-range, organic free-range, and organic free-range woodland. I assumed the last option is the best, so I currently buy their organic woodland eggs, but I'm just curious how "paleo" they are. Are they eating grass and insects? Or does this 'organic diet' consist of organic wheat and supplements?
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on July 20, 2012
at 01:19 PM
^ jungle fowl. Cool i didnt even think about where chickens came from.
"This behaviour stems from the hen???s natural ???jungle fowl??? instinct to shelter under trees and protect themselves from predators. Woodland hens are more content to forage and roam, spending more time outside and ranging further making them happier, healthier hens which lay top quality eggs."
Seems like they would peck more, eat more bugs and grass then, if they have trees.
on October 06, 2012
at 04:54 PM
If you have the option, why not try eggs from a different source? I get 'free range' eggs from my local butcher, who gets them straight from the farm, and they're definitely more tasty, with big very orange yolks.
Secondarily, I think part of the paleo life style is considering the source and supporting things that are likely to support 'paleo-ness'. Buying anything from a large corporation who are not directly interested in health doesn't fit with this.
on October 05, 2012
at 04:41 PM
I get the Woodland Free Range - "organic", here, would pertain to the feed provided aside from forage. Frankly, this is (almost) irrelevant, since it will be (certainly) grain.
However, theory goes here, that woodland hens would spend more time foraging, and would eat proportionately less grain.
Would love to see a PUFA analysis - but before we get too OCD about all this - make sure you continue to eat plenty of seafood. Do NOT rely on any eggs for omega 3 intake - I don't see any data on "omega 3" eggs. If those hens were fed on flaxseed, I'd wonder how much ALA got ramped up to DHA....
on September 21, 2012
at 02:59 PM
I like when the cartons say the chickens are fed vegetarian feed, implying its a good thing. Pastured chickens eat bugs and worms. They are NOT vegetarians!
on September 21, 2012
at 02:10 PM
Organic chicken meat doesn't equal grass-fed.
More than that:
"certification for organic meat forbids the use of growth hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified feed, or animal by-products in raising the livestock. Beyond those practices, it does not address the treatment of the animals."
The key point key is "it does not address the treatment of the animals."!.
So if the label doesn't say grass-fed or at least free range it could be as well caged chicken.
By the way don't be carried away by free-range either:
"Chickens labeled "free range" must have access to the outdoors, although this need not be pasture and may be dirt or gravel areas. Since there is no legal standard for "free range" when applied to eggs or to meat other than chickens, the label doesn't have any teeth. In most cases, however, it means the animal has access to the outdoors."
I've heard people saying producers are allowed to label their poultry free-range if it has access to the outdoor for at least 30min!!!.
I too used to buy Woodlands Organic eggs, but switched to Omega Enriched ones and find them tastier then organic.
on August 23, 2012
at 09:55 PM
I have bought eggs right out of the farmers hands and you can definitely taste the difference. the best way I can describe it is a taste more eggy.
on July 20, 2012
at 02:29 PM
I've compared Tesco's woodland/free-range/organic yada yada eggs with eggs produced by a local farm regularly over the past year or two and you can see a visible difference in the colour of the yolk. The yolks from the local farm are a vibrant yellow whilst the eggs from Tesco are palid. Not much difference in taste mind.
Makes you wonder what the nutritional differences between the two are. Also make you think how either of these eggs compare to battery farmed eggs (not that I would ever buy the latter).