Whole eggs from healthy fowl are one of the most nutritious foods on earth but are all eggs really the same?
I have a full chapter on “Golf Power Nutrition” in my new book, 101 Ways to Increase Your Golf Power and wanted to talk about just one “Power Nutrition” tip today.
I know, many (misled) nutritionists (and doctors) have conned us into staying away from eggs because they contain cholesterol and saturated fat. But we know about good fats and bad ones, right?
Even a recent Harvard study found healthy men and women could eat seven (yes 7!) eggs a day with no increased risk of heart disease.
At only 75 calories an egg, they are a powerhouse source of high quality fat and protein, making them a perfect choice for a golfer-athlete like you.
But how do you choose them? I did not know a lot about which is better: organic or “regular,” pasture-raised or omega-3 enhanced, cage-free or free-range? Does it make a difference?
Here’s the low-down:
Pastured – Hens are allowed to roam free, eating plants and insects (their natural food). Depending on how the carton is labeled, these chickens may also be fed with commercial feed.
Organic – The hens are not treated with antibiotics or hormones and received organic feed, but may have limited access to the outdoors.
Free-range – The hens live in a house with a small window that allows them the option of going outside.
Omega-3 Enhanced – These hens live similar to those of conventional chickens, but their feed is supplemented with an omega-3 source like flax seeds. They may have some access to the outside.
Cage-free – This term is somewhat meaningless, as the chickens could still live in a foul, dirty, overcrowded henhouse.
Regular – These chickens never see the light of day and are usually raised in overcrowded henhouses and in cages. They are fed on GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food and kept alive with antibiotics.
Best bet: Get local, organic eggs that come from happy hens who roam free outside on pastures-a-plenty!
We all have choices. But often we need accurate information. Hope this helps.