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Soyfed Eggs, avoid or no worries?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 25, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I've found even the natural eggs are soyfed. Other than buying pastured free range online, how do I get healthy high omega 3 eggs? Or does the chicken negate the huge amount of negatives from soy during digestion?

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on June 15, 2010
at 11:54 PM

Thanks Melissa, I think that that is the last piece in my Paleo puzzle. I eat mostly pork, chicken and beef and I know my omega 6 ratio is still way too high. Where do you get these meats? Online?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 15, 2010
at 12:40 PM

Pork and chicken once a week. Otherwise- lamb, bison, cow, yak, deer, elk, moose, goat, and seafood. If it's a ruminant= good fatty acid balance.

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on June 15, 2010
at 05:30 AM

What do you guys eat for protein then? Chicken and pork are both high in omega 6 and eggs are out too (I thougt I'm allergic to them but maybe it's the soy). Just red meat?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 31, 2010
at 12:20 AM

2.60 a dozen is very reasonable too!!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 30, 2010
at 12:34 PM

Those look like those would be better for people, but probably not a sustainable choice. Robbing the ocean's of small fish is stealing food from delicious fish like salmon. It's different if it's just processing waste, but I don't get that impression. Plus, based on eggs I ate from fishmeal-fed chickens in Sweden, they taste like crap. Chicken didn't evolve to eat fish.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 30, 2010
at 11:39 AM

Those are the ones I was trying to find out if worth the price/shipping, we go thru eggs here!

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 30, 2010
at 02:16 AM

But eggs are so convenient, and it's one of the few things I know how to cook... Melissa, what do you think about http://www.grassfedtraditions.com/organic_soy_free_eggs.htm No reason for omega-6 fats to be too high for these, right?

B3c0950cd33bf7689ca0b98e5f2b6cdc

(588)

on May 30, 2010
at 12:21 AM

Like you Melissa, I cut chicken back to once or twice a week and get the best quality one I can find. Of course, the packaging always says, "Fed an all vegetable diet," as if that means anything. Well, I guess it's better than them being fed chicken parts ...

B3c0950cd33bf7689ca0b98e5f2b6cdc

(588)

on May 30, 2010
at 12:19 AM

Nah, I had THEM for breakfast.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 29, 2010
at 06:33 PM

You handed her back her eggs?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 27, 2010
at 09:50 PM

Still curious about other anti nutrients/O6 because the grassfed tradition eggs look to be healthier but are they worth 5x the cost

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 27, 2010
at 09:48 PM

The answer on that question answered my question which was roughly that the phytoestrogen count is negligible compared to soy itself

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 27, 2010
at 09:44 PM

From soyfed poultry

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 27, 2010
at 11:11 AM

I already know soy is bad bad that's why I'm concerned if the chicken is breaking down the bad crap before popping put eggs for me and mine

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on May 25, 2010
at 10:29 PM

Well, "omivore" means that they eat grubs and insects AND seeds, grass, etc. I farm and have chickens and it's MY experience that chickens will eat ANYthing - including eggs and each other. I agree that free range is better, but if u're buying anything else (ie "omega 3") then they R fed grain. I say try your best 2 get the free range, but if U can't, then don't obsess about it! In our quest to be Paleo we seem to be getting a bit uptight! Meat (even grain fed *gasp!*) is better than US eating grains, Srsly, ppl as my gramma used to say: ... "do what you can and let the rough end drag"

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on May 25, 2010
at 09:06 PM

silly question but...how do you feed an egg? ;-)

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on May 25, 2010
at 09:05 PM

silly question, but...how do you feed an egg?

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13b40c07d0aab810f48eec3d04877010

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on May 27, 2010
at 08:09 PM

Did you read the earlier thread on phytoestrogens in soy-fed chicken eggs?

http://paleohacks.com/questions/3311/should-we-be-concerned-about-potential-soy-phytoestrogens-in-eggs

That was my main concern, but perhaps there are others as well??

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 27, 2010
at 09:50 PM

Still curious about other anti nutrients/O6 because the grassfed tradition eggs look to be healthier but are they worth 5x the cost

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 27, 2010
at 09:48 PM

The answer on that question answered my question which was roughly that the phytoestrogen count is negligible compared to soy itself

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 25, 2010
at 08:08 PM

Chickens are omnivores. They should be eating grubs and insects, not grains. Soy or "vegetarian" chickens are just all sorts of wrong. I would stay away from it.

However, if you can't find pastured eggs, Omega-3 eggs are a decent substitute.... though the chickens are usually fed flax or something to get to that point.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on May 25, 2010
at 10:29 PM

Well, "omivore" means that they eat grubs and insects AND seeds, grass, etc. I farm and have chickens and it's MY experience that chickens will eat ANYthing - including eggs and each other. I agree that free range is better, but if u're buying anything else (ie "omega 3") then they R fed grain. I say try your best 2 get the free range, but if U can't, then don't obsess about it! In our quest to be Paleo we seem to be getting a bit uptight! Meat (even grain fed *gasp!*) is better than US eating grains, Srsly, ppl as my gramma used to say: ... "do what you can and let the rough end drag"

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 29, 2010
at 09:43 PM

I had a roommate last year who was a poultry scientist. He showed me tests that showed that chickens fed soy have high levels of omega-6 fats. His work was in experimental feeds for reducing this- hemp, flax, and fish meal (kind of gross really and also unsustainable if it comes from wild fish). I'm sure it's possible to produce chickens with better fatty acid profiles, but I haven't found a producer doing that commercially yet. If I get my farm I will breed insects for feed maybe with a mixture of alfalfa, rice, and flax.

In the meantime I just don't eat that much chicken. Once a week instead of all the time like I used to. Most chickens get too much omega-6 from soy and grain rations and they'll pass it right back to you.

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 30, 2010
at 02:16 AM

But eggs are so convenient, and it's one of the few things I know how to cook... Melissa, what do you think about http://www.grassfedtraditions.com/organic_soy_free_eggs.htm No reason for omega-6 fats to be too high for these, right?

B3c0950cd33bf7689ca0b98e5f2b6cdc

(588)

on May 30, 2010
at 12:21 AM

Like you Melissa, I cut chicken back to once or twice a week and get the best quality one I can find. Of course, the packaging always says, "Fed an all vegetable diet," as if that means anything. Well, I guess it's better than them being fed chicken parts ...

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 30, 2010
at 11:39 AM

Those are the ones I was trying to find out if worth the price/shipping, we go thru eggs here!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 30, 2010
at 12:34 PM

Those look like those would be better for people, but probably not a sustainable choice. Robbing the ocean's of small fish is stealing food from delicious fish like salmon. It's different if it's just processing waste, but I don't get that impression. Plus, based on eggs I ate from fishmeal-fed chickens in Sweden, they taste like crap. Chicken didn't evolve to eat fish.

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on June 15, 2010
at 05:30 AM

What do you guys eat for protein then? Chicken and pork are both high in omega 6 and eggs are out too (I thougt I'm allergic to them but maybe it's the soy). Just red meat?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 15, 2010
at 12:40 PM

Pork and chicken once a week. Otherwise- lamb, bison, cow, yak, deer, elk, moose, goat, and seafood. If it's a ruminant= good fatty acid balance.

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on June 15, 2010
at 11:54 PM

Thanks Melissa, I think that that is the last piece in my Paleo puzzle. I eat mostly pork, chicken and beef and I know my omega 6 ratio is still way too high. Where do you get these meats? Online?

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on May 30, 2010
at 01:32 PM

http://www.christophereggs.com/availability.php

found these at Kroger. 660mg O3 per egg.

No Soy

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 31, 2010
at 12:20 AM

2.60 a dozen is very reasonable too!!

1
B3c0950cd33bf7689ca0b98e5f2b6cdc

(588)

on May 29, 2010
at 03:28 PM

I just asked the woman I bought pastured eggs from this morning what they ate: she told me for breakfast they had vegetables and whole grain bread.

B3c0950cd33bf7689ca0b98e5f2b6cdc

(588)

on May 30, 2010
at 12:19 AM

Nah, I had THEM for breakfast.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 29, 2010
at 06:33 PM

You handed her back her eggs?

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A797c65ac7345265727152e3d2a9e9d4

on May 25, 2010
at 08:41 PM

soy = BAD! You should definitely pick up the Vegetarian MYTH book. Even if you are a meat eater.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on May 27, 2010
at 11:11 AM

I already know soy is bad bad that's why I'm concerned if the chicken is breaking down the bad crap before popping put eggs for me and mine

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050fe6606626c72ac8570225fd359305

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on June 15, 2010
at 04:03 AM

I sell soy-free eggs and ship them as well.

my website:

www.YankeeAcres.com

There is a shipping calculator at the bottom of the "soy-free egg" page so you can see how much shipping would cost before you buy.

BTW... chickens are not naturally vegetarians, so being fed all veggies isn't great either. I use fish meal but in small amounts. My customers LOVE the eggs, so I don't think there is any problem with the taste. Actually I read somewhere that too much flasxseed gives eggs a fishy taste... have no clue why... my hens aren't thrilled with flax seed so I don't give them much.

I have some customers who say they are allergic to soy and therefore usually can't eat eggs, but they can eat soy-free eggs.

And "pastured" doesn't mean they aren't fed some sort of feed which USUALLY contains soy. My guys have a few acres to roam and they eat tons of the soy free stuff I mix up.

Anyway, any questions, let me know. I may not have all the answers but I'll try :) Or check out the website.

Thanks.

Linda

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