What should I be aware of as being the healthiest choice, if I use eggs for my family?
Firstly, be aware that eggs feed viruses and that the unwholesome mass-produced eggs in large grocery stores, often have some salmonella (it causes a bacterial infection that affects the intestinal tract).
Secondly, never buy the unwholesome choice of “cage-free” eggs, but instead, buy “free range” eggs.
Many eggs are advertised as “antibiotic-free”, which again assumes that consumers are unaware. In the USA it is not permissible to feed chickens antibiotics so all eggs are automatically “antibiotic-free”.
What is the downside of buying “cage-free”?
On the large chicken-raising farms each chicken has its own little cage and their waste products are removed by a conveyer belt. It’s at least hygienic. But if the stores want to attract the uninformed shoppers, then they demand “cage-free” chickens. The farmers then remove the conveyer belts and cages, and the chickens live in their own filth. Just as is the cage of farmed fish, they eat each others’ waste products which is seldom cleaned.
Does the eggshell color make a nutritional difference?
No, but what is really helpful to make sure your eggs are salmonella free, is to know where your eggs come from. If adequate laying spaces aren’t available, chickens lay eggs wherever it’s hidden from predators. Which means that if the chicken owner isn’t diligent about finding and collecting the eggs several times daily, they could be lying in the sun for even days.
Some little-known facts about the freshness of eggs (from Google):
• If you normally buy your eggs from the store, then you should know that those fresh eggs can actually be up to two months old. Whereas if you have your own flock then you already know you have the freshest eggs around!
• If you are buying store eggs then you can expect them to stay fresh for around a month.
In the US, fresh eggs should be kept refrigerated once bought.
• The need for refrigeration in the US is because they have been washed and no longer have the natural protective bloom on them.
If you keep your own chickens and do not wash the eggs, then you can store them on the counter. A cool, dry, dark storage place, will do a great job of keeping those eggs fresh.
• Remember that store-bought fresh eggs can be up to eight weeks old before you buy them. So in total they will last for around three months (refrigerated), but two of those months can be spent on the shelf at the store!