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What is the egg equivalent of "grass fed?"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2013 at 12:16 AM

What id the absolute top-tier categorization for eggs? What I mean by this is if you were to describe the eggs, what is the heathiest and most pale \o kind of egg to get?

For example, for beef, its 100% non fenced grass-fed grass finished, hormone and antibiotic free

what is the egg equivalent for this? im guessing no cage, inscent fed, no hormones, no antibiotics, pasture raised, etc. what are some other keywords to look for?

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:43 PM

Those sound like some pretty bad-ass turkeys. I bet they taste GREAT.

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:36 PM

I stay away from those after learning that veg-fed chickens (especially the O3 ones) are fed a mix of corn, soy, and flaxseed of inferior quality that they can't sell to humans. Ick.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:26 PM

dont be fooled by marketing

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:25 PM

turkeys hunt and kill humans?? interesting

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on March 21, 2013
at 02:10 PM

Grasshopper-fed? Yuk yuk.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:59 PM

A local health food store sells them, and I can also buy at our local farmer's market. I can't remember if WF has them or not, but so far, have not liked any of the eggs at WF, they just don't taste as good as other eggs I buy.

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on March 21, 2013
at 05:41 AM

Nice, Dude! I lived in the High Desert for a while. Good news. I found a ranch namend DeyDey's in your neck of the woods. A little to far to venture through LA traffic, but their website offers shipping to your area. Here is the website: bestbeefever.com And the link directly to ordering eggs: http://www.bestbeefever.com/category/39235869 Maybe give them a shot? It would be well worth your money and could establish a great relationship. There could be more people in your area that are after these products and could start an eggpool. Thanks for the post, Brotha/Sista-one.

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:40 AM

i can't find soy free eggs in grocery stores but my mom orders them from a farm for my sister.

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on March 21, 2013
at 02:29 AM

Are they selling soy free eggs in stores? If so, awesome! I hope it catches on. I know people who go out of their way to buy soy free eggs from distant farms.

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on March 21, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Turkeys hunt humans?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 21, 2013
at 01:40 AM

FYI - I have not seen pasture raised eggs at any of my local Trader Joe's. Wholefoods usually has pasture raised eggs.

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:57 AM

I'm from Los Angeles. There's a trader joes, whole foods and farmers market nearby.

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:52 AM

your guess is right, although I am sure even organic pasture raised are going to have a little layer feed thrown at them each day, sometimes its just seashells, sometimes it can be gmo free grains, just depends on their egg quality, soil quality where they are foraging, etc. as local as possible is the best, if you can visit the farm even better, when ever I move to a new town I always check eatwild.com or the local farmers market or co-op if they have one and see whos supplying the eggs

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on March 21, 2013
at 01:49 AM

Another keyword: soy free. Where I live, that's the most expensive "tier" of eggs -- organic pastured soy-free.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:40 AM

i can't find soy free eggs in grocery stores but my mom orders them from a farm for my sister.

564468f093b36d9cdeb8adb138446363

(188)

on March 21, 2013
at 02:29 AM

Are they selling soy free eggs in stores? If so, awesome! I hope it catches on. I know people who go out of their way to buy soy free eggs from distant farms.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:59 PM

A local health food store sells them, and I can also buy at our local farmer's market. I can't remember if WF has them or not, but so far, have not liked any of the eggs at WF, they just don't taste as good as other eggs I buy.

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on March 21, 2013
at 01:34 PM

Yah, pasture raised is the way to go. You want the animal to have free access to grass and bugs. But bear in mind that the animal will still receive supplemental feed. You should certainly look for soy free eggs, but often if they are not fed soy they are fed some animal by-products which seems a bit odd to me.

If you have a Whole Foods near you there is one pasture raised option called Vital Farms. They're expensive, but in my mind eggs are one of the things worth splurging on. Here is a fact sheet for their eggs. They are fed a small amount of non GMO, organic soymeal, but other than that they get most nutrition from the bugs/grass.

I find that with eggs it is seriously hard to find the perfect, affordable egg without just raising them yourself.

http://vitalfarms.com/faq.html

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:22 AM

Organic pastured. And we go out to see the chickens ourselves. It's fun to visit the source of your food.

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:39 AM

Stay away from "vegetarian fed". Chickens are not vegetarians, it is cruelty to inflict chickens with this. But I suppose on a scale of things cage-free vegetarian fed is better than CAFO.

A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:36 PM

I stay away from those after learning that veg-fed chickens (especially the O3 ones) are fed a mix of corn, soy, and flaxseed of inferior quality that they can't sell to humans. Ick.

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3a26501a38749a3697f7477c718ab8fc

on March 21, 2013
at 12:27 AM

Pasture Raised. You want your chickens to be foraging for most of their foods. This can be difficult to achieve in some areas, but wherever we are from, we have options. Let us know a region you are from and we can help you find something a little easier. Here in Boulder County, we have Owl Canyon which provides us with some awesome pasture raised eggs. Stay away from the factory farmed kroger brands.

A good rule of thumb I follow is: the more tuned an animals diet can be to it's evolution, the better. Chickens and Pigs have been foraging most their history. Cattle have always been grazers. Turkeys hunt and kill humans, et cetera..

Hope this helps,

J.P.

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

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on March 21, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Turkeys hunt humans?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 21, 2013
at 01:40 AM

FYI - I have not seen pasture raised eggs at any of my local Trader Joe's. Wholefoods usually has pasture raised eggs.

3a26501a38749a3697f7477c718ab8fc

on March 21, 2013
at 05:41 AM

Nice, Dude! I lived in the High Desert for a while. Good news. I found a ranch namend DeyDey's in your neck of the woods. A little to far to venture through LA traffic, but their website offers shipping to your area. Here is the website: bestbeefever.com And the link directly to ordering eggs: http://www.bestbeefever.com/category/39235869 Maybe give them a shot? It would be well worth your money and could establish a great relationship. There could be more people in your area that are after these products and could start an eggpool. Thanks for the post, Brotha/Sista-one.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:43 PM

Those sound like some pretty bad-ass turkeys. I bet they taste GREAT.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:25 PM

turkeys hunt and kill humans?? interesting

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:57 AM

I'm from Los Angeles. There's a trader joes, whole foods and farmers market nearby.

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:48 PM

In a perfect world, chickens roam freely eating a variety of foods, but ideally bugs and worms found in manure. Vegetarian fed is BS as that could mean unhealthy, GMO'd grans.

Cows are ruminant animals which means they have a special section in their stomach that is SPECIALLY made to digest grass. Chickens are able to digest a wider variety so it is of less importance -- however still important!!

This is the perfect example of the circle of life; cows and animals poop, chickens break it up (fertilize) to get their food, which creates more grass for the cows!!

Here is a article about the importance of pasture raised eggs.

And don't skip the yolk! You need the fat to absorb the fat soluble vitamins!

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F69da86ad5ad986a09c73abd757863a1

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:47 PM

In a perfect world, chickens roam freely eating a variety of foods, but ideally bugs and worms found in manure. Vegetarian fed is BS as that could mean unhealthy, GMO'd grans.

Cows are ruminant animals which means they have a special section in their stomach that is SPECIALLY made to digest grass. Chickens are able to digest a wider variety so it is of less importance -- however still important!!

This is the perfect example of the circle of life; cows and animals poop, chickens break it up (fertilize) to get their food, which creates more grass for the cows!!

Here is a article about the importance of pasture raised eggs.

And don't skip the yolk! You need the fat to absorb the fat soluble vitamins!

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A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

on March 21, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I use this chart ALL THE TIME. In fact, it is what lead me to Vital Farms when I can't buy from the local farmer.

http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/

In short, most widely or regionally distributed egg brands are crap. Unfortunately.

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on March 21, 2013
at 05:50 AM

Frankly I have never found the true equivalent at any store. There is a vendor at the local farmers market that sells them still filthy and unwashed. They last for weeks without refrigeration and there is no comparison in taste. I think that chickens that eat bugs are the standard for "grass fed" comparable.

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:23 AM

O3 eggs, because if the reason to buy grassfed beef is because of the fatty acid profile then buying eggs with a good o3:o6 ratio would be the equivelant. Now if you can get that ratio from pastured soy free eggs then by all means.

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Don't know where you live but here in Spain, eggs must have a code written on them that tells how they have been raised. The first digit is the important one, in our case it's like this:

  • 0 - Organic eggs
  • 1 - Free range chicken eggs
  • 2 - Chicken that have been raised in farm but at earth level
  • 3 - Chicken that are living in cages

To tell the truth, when I see the zero I'm not sure whether is good or bad since "organic" does not necessarily mean that they are being left free to eat a natural diet. But of course 2 and 3 should be avoided at all costs. So I try to look for the ones that state that are from "free range" chicken, have the 0 or 1 and are high in omega 3 (some brands label this info, they are the most expensive ones though). Unfortunately, here there's no single brand that they state if are pasture raised.

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3a26501a38749a3697f7477c718ab8fc

on March 21, 2013
at 12:25 AM

Pasture Raised. Let us know a region you are from and we can help you find something a little easier. Here in Boulder County, we have Owl Canyon which provides us with some awesome pasture raised eggs. Stay away from the factory farmed kroger brands.

Hope this helps,

J.P.

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:27 AM

Look for Biodynamic*

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:26 PM

dont be fooled by marketing

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