Sustainable Living Center Oregon
We have developed a method to produce the healthiest eggs by giving chickens the benefits of being Pasture Raised while protecting them from predators and knowing where gather the freshest eggs.
There are six ways of feeding and housing chickens:
A lot of the eggs labels are a scam and just a waste of money. The truth is, if you bought them in a grocery store, you are probably purchasing nutritionally inferior eggs–even though you may be paying an arm and a leg!
Caged: We have all seen chickens in their little wire cages eating commercial produced chicken feed in large chicken barns. 94% of the eggs in stores are raised this way.
Cage-Free: The egg-laying hens live inside barns. While they are not caged, they usually are not allowed outside. By not being in a cage, they can walk, nest and spread their wings, but they cannot supplement their diets with seeds, insects, worms and green plants because they have a limited amount of outside space and they quickly eat all the seeds, insects, worms and green plants. Cage-free eggs bought from the grocery store generally have the same nutritional value as caged chickens 94% of the eggs in stores are raised this way.
Certified Organic: The birds are fed an organic, vegetarian diet that does not contain antibiotics or pesticides. The hens have access to the outdoors, but generally live inside large barns. There is not a requirement for the amount of time spent outdoors, or for the quality of the outdoor environment. Access to the outdoors is limited and the hens may seldom, if ever, have the chance to forage plants and bugs. Because the birds haven’t been exposed to antibiotics or pesticides, this is a better choice than conventional eggs, but the nutritional value of the egg may still be same as chickens that are caged.
It’s important to be sure that if you are going to buy organic eggs, buy pasture-raised organic eggs, not just organic eggs. Studies show that commercially-raised eggs are up to 19 times higher in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. Unfortunately, this includes almost all eggs sold in supermarkets – even the organic eggs sold at chains such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats – 2.9% of the eggs in organic stores are raised this way.
Omega-3 enriched: The hens are fed a diet enriched with Omega-3. This enriched diet causes the eggs they lay to be higher in Omega-3. While the nutritional values are not nearly as good as Pasture Free Range eggs, this option is better than the ones listed above.
Free-Range USDA Standard: Usually USDA free-range hens live in barns and are uncaged. They have some access to the outdoors, but the amount, duration or quality of outdoor access is variable. Because the USDA has inadequately defined “free-range” to mean “allowed access to the outside” and there is no requirement for quality or time outside, producers can interpret this in many ways. Access may only be leaving small doors open on the barns. The hens may or may not ever go through these small doors to reach the outside. If they do make it outside, there is no guarantee the hens will have the seeds, insects, worms and green plants they need. They may only end up on concrete and never supplement their diets with worms, insects, green plants, etc. There are no restrictions on what the birds may be fed – 2.9% of the eggs in stores are raised this way.
Pasture Raised Eggs with a ChickenSanctuary: The Sustainable ChickenSanctuary allow the hens to eat a natural diet—made up of all kinds of seeds, green plants, insects and worms. They also have anytime access to grain or laying mash supplements. Hens are allowed access to a 108 square feet of new grazing area, every few days. This is because there is a covered geodesic dome to house them. It also protects them from dogs and other predators. They are moved every few days – .01% of the eggs in the United States are raised this way. We raise our eggs this way.
Test results show that egg producer that let their chickens free range in a pasture have 1⁄3 less cholesterol as eggs from caged hens. Eggs from chickens allowed to free range show 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket caged eggs. Pasture Free Range chickens eat a lot of “stuff”. Grass is one of the favorite things they love. This is what makes the yolks so deep Yellow/Orange. You can see the difference in the color of the yolk.
Test Result Show
Mother Earth News authorized a study on eggs that were laid by free range chickens. Test results from that study, with six eggs from each of 14 flocks that had access to a natural diet—made up of all kinds of seeds, green plants, insects and worms, were tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore. The results of this report, “Meet the Real Free-range Eggs” (October – November 2007) shows the average nutrient content of the samples, compared with the official egg nutrient data from the USDA for “conventional” (i.e. from confined hens) eggs.
The testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on Free Range contain:
1⁄3 less cholesterol
1⁄4 less saturated fat
2⁄3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta-carotene
These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely or are housed in movable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture.
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If you have plenty of space, Free Range is a great option. Chicken are omnivorous eating machines. However, in a Free Range situation, you still have to deal with predators. Unless you play chicken guard, you’re going to lose birds. The cost of making a Free Range predator-proof environment on a large scale is prohibitive. Having a Sustainable Living’s Chicken Sanctuary (portable coops) is a great solution.
The Sustainable Living Center has put all this knowledge and technology into practice and producing the healthiest eggs. If you would like to do it for yourself and have your own Sustainable Chicken Sanctuary Call 541-996-3671
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You may purchase Sustainable Living Center Eggs for $4.00/dozen in Portland (zip code 972140, Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, or Kernville Oregon.
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By Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, who uses evidence based approached to nutrition
Eggs are rich in high-quality protein, healthy fats and many essential vitamins and minerals. Eggs also have a few unique properties that make them weight loss friendly. This article explains why whole eggs are a killer weight loss food.
Eggs Are Low in Calories – The simplest way to lose weight is to reduce your daily calorie intake. One large egg contains only about 78 calories, yet is very high in nutrients. Egg yolks are especially nutritious (1). An egg meal commonly consists of about 2–4 eggs. Three large boiled eggs contain less than 240 calories. By adding a generous serving of vegetables, you’re able to have a complete meal for only about 300 calories. Just keep in mind that if you fry your eggs in oil or butter, you add about 50 calories for each teaspoon used.
Bottom Line: One large egg contains about 78 calories. A meal consisting of 3 boiled eggs and vegetables contains only about 300 calories. Eggs are Very Filling
Free Range Eggs are incredibly nutrient-dense and filling, mainly because of their high protein content (2). High-protein foods have been known to reduce appetite and increase fullness, compared to foods that contain less protein (3, 4, 5, 6). Studies have repeatedly shown that egg meals increase fullness and reduce food intake during later meals, compared to other meals with the same calorie content (7, 8, 9). Eggs also rank high on a scale called the Satiety Index. This scale evaluates how foods help you feel full and reduce calorie intake later on (10). Additionally, eating a diet high in protein may reduce obsessive thoughts about food by up to 60%. It may also cut the desire for late-night snacking by half (11, 12).
Bottom Line: Eggs rank high on the Satiety Index scale, which means they may help you feel fuller for longer. High-protein foods, like eggs, may also help you snack less between meals.
Eggs May Boost Your Metabolism. Eggs contain all the essential amino acids, and in the right ratios. This means your body can easily use the protein in eggs for maintenance and metabolism. Eating a high-protein diet has been shown to boost metabolism by up to 80–100 calories a day, through a process called the thermic effect of food (13, 14). The thermic effect of food is the energy required by the body to metabolize foods, and is higher for protein than for fat or carbs (13, 14, 15). This means that high-protein foods, such as eggs, help you burn more calories.
Bottom Line: A high-protein diet may boost your metabolism by up to 80–100 calories per day, since extra energy is needed to help metabolize the protein in foods. Many studies have compared the effects of eating eggs in the morning versus eating other breakfasts with the same calorie content.
Several studies of overweight women showed that eating eggs instead of bagels increased their feeling of fullness and caused them to consume fewer calories over the next 36 hours. Egg breakfasts have also been shown to cause up to 65% greater weight loss, over 8 weeks (7, 9). A similar study in men came to the same conclusion, showing that an egg breakfast significantly reduced calorie intake for the next 24 hours, compared to a bagel breakfast. The egg eaters also felt more full (16).
Furthermore, the egg breakfast caused a more stable blood glucose and insulin response, while also suppressing ghrelin (the hunger hormone) (16). Another study in 30 healthy and fit young men compared the effects of three types of breakfasts on three separate occasions. These were eggs on toast, cereal with milk and toast, and croissant with orange juice. The egg breakfast caused significantly greater satiety, less hunger and a lower desire to eat than the other two breakfasts. Furthermore, eating eggs for breakfast caused the men to automatically eat about 270–470 calories less at lunch and dinner buffets, compared to eating the other breakfasts (17). This impressive reduction in calorie intake was unintentional and effortless. The only thing they did was to eat eggs at breakfast. Eating eggs for breakfast may increase your feeling of fullness and make you automatically eat fewer calories, for up to 36 hours.
Bottom Line: Range Free Eggs are inexpensive and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Adding eggs to your diet may be one of the easiest things to do if you’re trying to lose weight. They can make you feel more full and help you eat fewer calories throughout the day. Eggs are a great source of many vitamins and minerals that are commonly lacking in the diet.