Saturday, September 1, 2012

Chickens for eggs are a good idea

Farmer Randy owns Rooster Hills Farm.  On his website he talks about the nutrition of eggs... I figure that it's ok to share his info with you here.  Keep in mind if you are local ~ you can get everything you need from Farmer Randy and Rooster Hills... Even his world famous HENPEN that has been featured on National TV Hens make great pets, and they earn their keep!


HEY Farmer RANDY Is it necessary to refrigerate my eggs?This is a GREAT question. Let me be very clear with this topic. The government requires you to refrigerate your eggs. It is not a matter of health...it is simply a matter of law. Therefore, I MUST tell you that you MUST refrigerate your eggs! It's the law. Now, with that said, let me tell you what happens in other countries. The USA is the ONLY country in the world that requires its citizens to refrigerate eggs. And there's a good reason for that! Pharmaceutical companies pour millions of dollars into campaigns for politicians to get elected. In turn elected officials "reward" the pharmaceutical companies with legislation that helps them sell more drugs.   Let me explain: When a hen lays an egg, her goal is to hatch that egg (ours is to eat that egg). Since she can lay only one egg each day, it takes her 10-14 days to lay a "clutch" of eggs. When her clutch is full, she settles down on the eggs and heats them up to 101 degrees. Inside that egg is an enzyme named "trypsin," which causes the egg to begin to develop when the hen heats it to 101 degrees. If the temperature falls below 50 degrees the trypsin dies...this is mother nature's way to telling the hen not to hatch the eggs because it's too cold for the chicks to survive.Trypsin also lowers cholesterol. (Something the pharmaceutical company would rather do by selling you drugs!) Pharmaceutical companies know that your refrigerator will kill the trypsin in the eggs. So, the favor they got from the newly elected politicians was legislation that requires us to refrigerate our eggs.  A second enzyme that your refrigerator kills (at the command of the department of public health) is Lanamine. Lanamine is responsible for healthy joints. But, if your eggs are meeting your body's demand for lanamine, then the pharmaceutical companies wouldn't be able to package and sell their drugs...and politicians wouldn't have campaign money to spend. So...refrigerate! Lets keep those politicians politicking!  I recently learned of two other enzymes in eggs that die when refrigerated, but I've not been able to run down the benefits from those enzymes. But, I bet the pharmaceutical companies know! I think I'll ask them.

Hey Farmer Randy.....Should I wash my eggs?If you pick up your eggs direclty from the henhouse, you DO NOT need to wash them. We use a damp sponge tp knock off any dirt on them and then put them on the kitchen counter. Why? When the hen lays an egg she puts an antiboitc coating on the egg. This protects the egg from things like salmonella from getting into the egg. However, if you wash off the antibiotic coating, you wash away the protection. It's interesting to note that the government also requires egg distributors to wash the eggs before they sell them. Isn't that interesting?


Hey Farmer Randy Why Buy Free-Range Eggs? 
Compared to factory farmed eggs, eggs from pasture-raised hens have:
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2x more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3x more vitamin E
• 7x more beta carotene
Source LINK~> Meet Real Free-Range Eggs


Nutritional Values Comparison for Eggs
.......................................Chicken..........Duck..........Quail
Calories...............................80.................130..............14
Fat Calories..........................50.................87................9
Total Fat..............................6g ................9.6g............ 1g
Saturated Fat........................2g................2.6g..............0g
Trans Fat..............................0g.................0g................0g
Cholesterol.........................237mg.........619mg..........76mg

Sodium................................78mg.........102mg............3mg
Total Carbohydrates.............0g ................1g................0g
Protein.................................7g..................9g...............1g
Daily Values
Vitamin A...............5% (273IU)..........9% (472IU).........1% (49IU)
Calcium..................3% (29.7mg)........4% (44.8mg)........1% (6mg)
Iron........................6% (1mg)............15% (2.7mg).........2% (0.3mg)
Selenium............... 15% (17.7mcg)....36% (25.5mcg)......4% (3mcg)


Eggs are a very good source of Protein, Riboflavin and Selenium and a good source of Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iron and Phosphorus. Source LINK~> Nutritional Data for eggs


If you decide to visit Farmer Randy, be sure to let him know I sent you!


2 comments:

Laura Hull said...

This is an awesome post, since I just got my chicken coop last night!!! I am a first time chicken girl, and the information is AWESOME!!

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