Will you have colorful egg art on your table this Easter? This Easter learn how to use you Easter Eggs for ther vitamin D benefits.
If you want to have a healthier Easter celebration, it might help to know the egg health benefits free range, grass fed and pastured poultry can provide. The latter two are the best for your health because chickens are allowed to eat as much green plant food as they want.
However, even eggs from free range chickens are a better source of vitamin D foods than supermarkets eggs that are not labeled as such. In other words, don’t forget to look at the label on your egg carton.
More vitamin A, more omega-3 fatty acids, and now it turns out that free-range eggs provide more D vitamin benefits than supermarket eggs — three to six times as much!
Nutrient tests of pastured eggs show that eggs from hens raised on pasture — as compared to the official USDA data for factory-farm eggs — contain:
- 1/3 less eggs cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- Two times more omega-3 fatty acids
- Three times more vitamin E
- Seven times more beta carotene
We all know that we get Vitamin D when sunlight strikes our skin, but if you are looking for vitamin D benefits from your diet, you should use the healthiest vitamin D food sources that you can find. Free range, grass fed, and even pastured poultry eggs can be such a source.
According to Mother Earth News: The USDA says supermarket eggs contain an average of 34 International Units per 100 grams. Our tests of eggs from four pastured farms in Texas, Kansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania found that their eggs contained three to six times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs. This means two scrambled eggs from pastured hens may give you 63 to 126 percent of the recommended daily intake of 200 IU of vitamin D.
And con’t forget that new studies have shown that this vitamin D deficiency may be related to much more than just weak bones — for example – diabetes, cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.
Let us be egg health smart to feel and look fabulous, shall we?
Breathe, smile and be happy.
Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health Counselor and Nutrition Coach