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James 3:6 says the tongue “corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s body on fire” (NIV)
This can be true of our “self-talk” or that internal voice that we listen to. We can’t be our own worst enemy. We need to love ourselves, talk well of ourselves, think well of ourselves. Then we will take care of ourselves, and that includes taking care of the body that God gave us.
What the egg?
“You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” — English Proverb
Eggs are a staple in our diets for many of us. They’re packed with 6 grams of protein and a number of nutrients. All for just 70 calories. However, with all the marketing jargon (cage free, free range, organic, etc.) eggs are arguably one of the most complicated whole foods to shop for at the store. Without a nutrition label to read, all the options can be overwhelming. Let’s break it down to see what it all means and what actually matters.
Various types of eggs.
Regular. These are the typical “commercially farmed” eggs where the birds are confined to battery cages, small cages stacked on top of one-another, without access to sunlight or exercise. The hens are usually fed a low grade, grain-based food that can contain genetically modified corn or soy products and/or artificial vitamins and minerals.
Cage Free. Cage free simply means the hens are not kept in typical battery cages; however, most are likely still kept in retained, cramped, dark settings with very little access to sunlight. This is beneficial because the cages produce more fecal dust and are accompanied by rodents/insects that may carry various diseases. Keep in mind egg producers do not have to be certified in order to label their eggs as “cage free.”
Free Range. Free range simply means the chickens have some sort of outdoor exposure at some point in their lives. The length of time spent and actual space given outside are not regulated in any way.
Certified Organic. These chickens eat food that is organic and the chickens are not given any antibiotics. Hens are not kept in cages and are allowed some exposure to sunlight. Organic egg producers must undergo an annual certification audit and pay a fee to label their eggs as organic.
Certified Organic Vegetarian fed. Chickens are fed an organic, vegetarian feed without any meat or fish products. Keep in mind that while chickens are not meant to eat seafood or meat, a vegetarian diet isn’t the perfect answer either. A natural diet for a chicken would also include bugs and worms.
Pasture Raised. Pasture raised chickens roam free, eat a natural diet, see plenty of daylight, and are not given any antibiotics. Pasture raised eggs have been proven to have more Omega-3s, beta carotene and Vitamins A & D, and less saturated fat. Makes sense that a healthier chicken would produce a healthier egg.
Omega-3 Enriched. This is a simple marketing ploy meaning the chicken feed is enriched with Omega-3s, typically in the form of flax seed. These are still commercially farmed eggs, the only difference being the added supplements.
Brown vs. White. Brown egg or white egg is simply based on the genetics of the hen that laid it. Brown chickens lay brown eggs and white chickens lay white eggs. Color does not affect the nutritional value in any way.