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Which eggs are better? Organic or Omega 3?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2012 at 7:49 AM

The grocery store closest to me sells either 'organic' or 'omega 3' eggs.

Which is better to get?

Thanks.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on November 30, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Practicall impossible to buy farm eggs this time of year because the chickens are in molt, so I'd like to know which supermarket eggs are better to get.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on June 21, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Right now, you have to ask your farmer if they're using cocofeed for their chickens.... it has to be special-ordered, and I'm betting if you check, your farmer is still using soy as the 'go to' protein for their chicken feed. So for me, it has to be TT -- though one of our local farmers is converting his stock over, and figures that they'll be completely turned over to the cocofeed in about 3 months (He's changing the gradually to make sure they stay healthy through the transition--which I appreciate)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on June 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

(Pricey, but not really that bad compared to Whole Foods 'Vital Farms' brand, really.)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on June 20, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Tropical Traditions also totally stands by their product. If any of the eggs show up broken (which they generally don't), they will refund or reship. I recently had an issue and they followed up multiple times to make sure I was happy. Pricey eggs, but good product and good customer service.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on June 18, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Really? Nitpick much? I asked if they could get eggs from a local farmer in the area. Every "market" (aka grocery store) in my area carries eggs from local farmers as well as the major brands that get trucked in from Wisconsin or wherever they come from. You know, everyone who comes to this website is in a different stage of Paleo and maybe they hadn't considered going to a local farmer. Why go flame on someone and possibly ruin an answer that just might help someone (even if that someone is not the original question asker)?

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on June 18, 2012
at 01:50 PM

Can you buy from the farmers directly, or only through Tropical Traditions?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 17, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Omega-3 margarine. How can margarine be even close to healthy???? =)

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 17, 2012
at 03:30 PM

The OP wants to know which is better from the local market. Not everyone has access to the type of egg you describe.

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on June 17, 2012
at 05:12 PM

The omega-3 in eggs typically comes from feeding the chickens flax-seed meal, along with their regular grains. The problem is that many of the "Omega-3" eggs are NOT organic, which means that the soy and corn in their feed is going to come from genetically-modified foods. Informationally, NO chickens in the United States can be fed hormones, but your Omega-3 chickens are probably fed prophylactic antibiotics. In addition, it is HIGHLY likely that your chickens were raised in the most dirty, crowded, and unhealthy conditions possible. Factory farmed "organic" chicken eggs aren't MUCH better -- but there are slight improvements that make them a MARGINALLY better option.

I know that they're expensive, but our only body is certainly worth a bit of an investment -- so if you can't afford a LOT of healthy food, consider asking your grocer to start carrying Vital Farms eggs. They're available nationwide, from what I understand, and they are true PASTURE-RAISED eggs--the birds are left to run around on rotational pastures and are supplemented with ORGANIC feed.

If you have a little MORE money to spend, consider purchasing eggs from the farmers who distribute to Tropical Traditions. They can be ordered online (I've never had a broken egg from these folks when I've purchased from them), and their birds are fed on pasture and are supplemented with a feed made from coconut meal -- NO SOY OR CORN!!!

So there are some options if you don't have a local farmer you can purchase eggs from in your area. Hope this helps.

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on June 18, 2012
at 01:50 PM

Can you buy from the farmers directly, or only through Tropical Traditions?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

(Pricey, but not really that bad compared to Whole Foods 'Vital Farms' brand, really.)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Tropical Traditions also totally stands by their product. If any of the eggs show up broken (which they generally don't), they will refund or reship. I recently had an issue and they followed up multiple times to make sure I was happy. Pricey eggs, but good product and good customer service.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on June 21, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Right now, you have to ask your farmer if they're using cocofeed for their chickens.... it has to be special-ordered, and I'm betting if you check, your farmer is still using soy as the 'go to' protein for their chicken feed. So for me, it has to be TT -- though one of our local farmers is converting his stock over, and figures that they'll be completely turned over to the cocofeed in about 3 months (He's changing the gradually to make sure they stay healthy through the transition--which I appreciate)

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on June 17, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Omega 3 eggs sound like a money-making scam... I mean, seriously, omega-3 is so in the news, so there is now omega3 milk, omega-3 eggs. Give me a break.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 17, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Omega-3 margarine. How can margarine be even close to healthy???? =)

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71af94295988d55cd3b8340e619729d0

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on June 17, 2012
at 12:19 PM

If you're lacking access to true local eggs, right now the labeling "pastured" seems to indicate the eggs will be the closest to true "free range" eggs...but that label is a rare find (and wicked expensive).

I'd personally lean slightly in favor of "organic", if I couldn't find local or 'pastured', as I'd rather focus on seafood as my omega 3 source.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on June 17, 2012
at 12:33 PM

Free range eggs have less omega 6, which is very important.

Free range eggs have more yellow yolks which you can tell visibly the difference between them and crap eggs. There may be variation in those eggs though, in terms of how healthy the chickens are etc, so if you can get from a farmer, or more locally, it may be even better.

Omega 3 eggs are fed very weird stuff. Dunno if they are unhealthy compared to battery chickens, but I wouldnt eat them.

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B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on June 17, 2012
at 10:43 AM

My understanding is that the labeling "free-range" and "organic" for meat and eggs is kind of marketing BS. Can you get eggs from a local farmer in your area? I get eggs from a local farmer that treats his chickens humanely - lets them roam around to eat bugs and stuff. They are the best tasting eggs I've ever had and I suspect more nutritious because they don't come from stressed out chickens.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 17, 2012
at 03:30 PM

The OP wants to know which is better from the local market. Not everyone has access to the type of egg you describe.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on June 18, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Really? Nitpick much? I asked if they could get eggs from a local farmer in the area. Every "market" (aka grocery store) in my area carries eggs from local farmers as well as the major brands that get trucked in from Wisconsin or wherever they come from. You know, everyone who comes to this website is in a different stage of Paleo and maybe they hadn't considered going to a local farmer. Why go flame on someone and possibly ruin an answer that just might help someone (even if that someone is not the original question asker)?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on November 30, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Practicall impossible to buy farm eggs this time of year because the chickens are in molt, so I'd like to know which supermarket eggs are better to get.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 17, 2012
at 03:49 PM

I consider "Omega 3" eggs a frankenfood. If you can't get free-range eggs, go with the organic. I believe that free-range doesn't guarantee they are grain-free, but the ones I've found specifically say hormone- and antibiotic-free.

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on June 17, 2012
at 12:28 PM

I would personally lean towards organic given that choice, mostly because mainstream brands of Omega-3 eggs taste fishy to me.

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on June 17, 2012
at 11:06 AM

I get these at my local grocery...

http://www.bornfreeeggs.com/free-range-eggs.php

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on June 09, 2013
at 01:41 AM

Pass on organic, it's nearly meaningless.

Omega-3 eggs though are a fine step up nutritionally from run-of-the-mill eggs.

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D2af43eff0189812b51cdd46ad1d552e

on June 09, 2013
at 01:33 AM

wow our shoprite has organic omega-3 free range eggs... all those words are right on the label. I hope the labeling is correct. Just bought them to see if they are any good...

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C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

on June 18, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Thanks everyone!

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5f5c0fa8230d72e40e16520751016db4

on June 17, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I buy omega 3 eggs from Kroger. They taste good. I've noticed they have a harder shell that s more difficult to crack -- probably a sign of healthiness. It distresses me that the chickens are fed some soy (according to the label) but 225 mg of omega 3 per egg is very good imo.

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D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

on June 17, 2012
at 07:35 PM

ALL organic means without additional information is that the chickens have been fed organic versions of the same grains and soy or whatever crap regular chickens are fed. I'm among those thankful I have easy in-town access to real pastured eggs from small local farmers (even there the yolk color varies significantly, so they are clearly not all eating the same -- I stick to the farm I like best!).

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77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

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on June 17, 2012
at 10:18 AM

I always buy the omega 3 eggs, i used to buy organic eggs but recently changed. Why can't u get organic omega 3 eggs? hope i'm making the best choice going for the omega over the organic?

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