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Incredible Edible Eggs!

Eggs are one of my favorite, nourishing foods! They were featured as a food the day in one of my Foundations of Nutrition chapters and it made me love them even more! 

When selecting eggs, it’s very important to try to buy eggs from pasture raised hens. The nutrient profile of their eggs is so much better than those from factory raised hens. Pasture raised hens have access to their natural diet of grass, weeds, bugs and grubs along with access to sun, which increases the vitamin D content of the eggs. They also aren’t  confined to a small pen their entire life. 

Here’s more infomation about this “egg-cellent” food 🙂

Eggs are very nutrient-dense, the yolk has nearly every nutrient humans need! The egg white has very little in the way of nutrients and contains an “anti-nutrient” called avidin.

Avidin is a glycoprotein that binds to the B vitamin biotin, preventing its absorption. Biotin is necessary for fatty acid synthesis,  blood sugar maintenance, and is very important during pregnancy when biotin status declines.

Bauman College, Weston A. Price Foundation and other real food researchers recommend against consuming raw egg whites because of avidin. The raw egg white also contains inhibitors of the digestive enzyme trypsin. Avidin and trypsin are both destroyed by heat.

Eggs contain a trace amount of carbs and no fiber. One medium egg has roughly 75 calories, 6.5 grams of protein, 212 milligrams of cholesterol, 5.8 grams of fat, 1.7 grams of  saturated, 2.3 grams of mono-saturated and .9 gram of poly-saturated.

The vitamin and mineral profile of one egg is amazing, it contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K2
  • Vitamin D
  • All B vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, choline, biotin, and folic acid. 
  • The minerals include calcium, magneiusm, iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus, selenium, sulfur, and iodine.

Choline is the star of the B vitamins. The average U.S. diet provides about 300 milligrams of choline per day – less than the recommended amount for an adult woman (425 milligrams) or an adult man (550 milligrams). One egg provides over 100 milligrams of choline!

Dr. Ed Bauman and other researchers believe dietary and blood cholesterol are not directly associated. Instead, they believe blood cholesterol levels are controlled by genetics, insulin and stress. Dr. Bauman says we “shouldn’t be phobic of egg cholesterol.”

If you like to learn more about why cholesterol isn’t “evil” I highly recommend reading the research being done by Chris Masterjohn PhD.


Chicks arriving soon!

I want chicks, I REALLY, REALLY do! I can’t wait to cuddle those cute, yellow puffballs! What I don’t want is to do is get in over my head!

I’ll get chicks in a few months. I started with bees first, because I want to give them the best chance at survival. Getting a hive started in the spring allows them plenty of time to get established, and store plenty of honey for the winter.

In the meantime, I’ve been researching chicken breeds, and so far, the Orpington is my first choice. From what I’ve read, they are friendly, gentle, hardy and good egg producers. This sounds good to me!

The other breeds I’m considering are Plymouth Rock, and Black or Red Star. Plymouth Rock’s are described as friendly, intelligent, good egg producers and laid back. Black or Red Star’s are also described a friendly and good layers. Apparently, the Red Star’s have different feather colors when they hatch, so it’s easy to make sure you get a female.

I have my coop, it just needs to be assembled, and predator proofed. The hens will be able to roam free in our fenced, orchard area. They’ll have plenty of bugs and grubs to munch on!


I’d love to hear your recommendation on breeds, predator proofing, and any other tips for this brand new hen keeper.