Thursday, January 27, 2011
Backyard Eggs: Yes or No?
My son is completely fascinated by eggs, and has been asking for this for a while. And lately, as my diet has become more and more restricted (going gluten free, trying to manage migraines and eat for optimal health) I have become open to eating eggs occasionally, as long as they are sourced from chickens that are raised in a certain manner. If treated right, I don't have a problem with people having chickens and don't see it as much different from having cats or dogs. But I do question how healthy eggs are.
So, I've been looking into this and have come across some disturbing information. Cholesterol issues aside (not so concerned about that), there's another reason eggs might not be a healthy choice. My rule for eating eggs was that they must come from backyard or free range local farm chickens fed organically. Well get this--dioxins (highly toxic dangerous chemicals) are most prevalent in these particular chickens.
What?! It seems our earth has become so toxic that the chickens are consuming dioxins which translate to eggs. Foraging was once thought to be the way to get the most nutritious eggs. I'm aware that dairy and meat often contain dioxins but until now, I didn't realize they find their way into organic backyard chickens (I should have known because dioxins, which are stored in fat, are found in human eggs and breast milk). Another reason why the vegan diet seems pretty optimal. I will continue to look into this and report back. Everybody reading this knows not to eat the ultra-cruel factory farmed fung-eggs, or the pseudo humane "cage free" varieties, right? Maybe it would be a good idea to be mindful and moderate about free range egg consumption? To be continued.
Image Credit: madelinetosh