Don’t Be A Bad Egg
March 28, 2018
Do You Know What Is In Your Eggs?
Easter is just a few days away, and it we are all about eggs- dying, hiding, hunting, decorating, and delicious recipes. However, all eggs are not created equal. Do you know what eggs to stay away from? It is easier than you think to choose eggs that are the healthiest and best sources of nutrition for your family. Choose organic eggs, and most of your “homework” is done. Easy! Wait, you want to know what the big deal is about organic eggs? Choosing organic eggs means you know what you are getting. When you buy factory farmed eggs from a grocery store, you really don’t.
A Side of Arsenic, Please
So, what is the big deal, right? It is not like they put corn syrup in them, or artificial colors and preservatives, right? That is true, but the egg industry does many things that they do not have to tell you about, or put on the carton. First of all, if you don’t want a side of arsenic with your eggs, stay away from factory farmed, grocery store eggs. Arsenic is added to commercial feed to promote growth in hens. Look it up. The last time I checked, Arsenic was poison. When it is fed to the hens, some ends up in your eggs. Yikes!
Antibiotic resistance worries? Your child will get extra doses of those with thier omelet too. Antibiotics are also fed routinely to hens, both to increase growth and to treat diseases. How about a helping of salmonella? Factory farmed eggs carry a 7.77 times greater chance of being contaminated with salmonella than eggs raised from hens not kept in cages or cramped conditions.
Organic Is The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that for humane reasons and health reasons, it is best to avoid cartons of eggs that are lacking the organic label. Buying organic eggs* means that hens are fed organic food that is free of Arsenic, antibiotics, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and animal by products. Hens are also not allowed to be kept in commercial cage situations, and must have access to the outdoors. Organic farms are audited yearly and pay certification fees. At First Spoons, we use only organic eggs. Our meal plans are designed for your growing child’s needs. Eggs are introduced for toddlers in the 10-12 month range, and then increase as a proportion of diet after 18 months. Just the way doctors and nutritionists recommend. For busy parents in cities like New York and Boston, First Spoons delivers to you, saving that market label reading time and giving you more time to take your precious children to the park. Happy Spring!
*Organic EGGS = EGGS free of Arsenic, antibiotics, pesticides and animal by products.