Benefits of Omega-3 Eggs vs Traditional Eggs


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Omega-3s, a group of essential fatty acids that help your body to function normally, are typically found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna. However, you can also get a healthy unexpected dose of omega-3s and vitamin E from eggs.

Many producers have switched from conventional feed to giving egg-laying hens a vegetarian diet that includes grains, flaxseed, and seaweed. As the hens digest the food, their bodies convert the ALA found in flaxseed and seaweed into DHA, one of the most important forms of omega-3s. That fatty acid is incorporated into the eggs that the hen lays. Some egg producers feed their chickens a large array of feed to help boost the amounts of EPA and DHA. Not all egg producers are the same, be sure to read the labels and find eggs rich in both EPA and DHA, not just ALA.

Ensuring that you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is imperative, as your body doesn’t naturally produce this nutrient on its own. Omega-3s are responsible for supporting a healthy heart, including reducing one’s risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as optimal brain development in pregnant women and young children, and a potential reduction in illnesses often associated with old age.

This change to eggs is a fantastic alternative for those who do not like or who do not have access to seafood, making it easier to achieve the dramatic health benefits that a diet rich in omega-3s has to offer. Making the switch to this product can make it easier than ever to incorporate the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 2 servings a week of fatty acids into your diet, without actually changing your daily habits! There are other alternative sources of Omega-3’s on the market now as well such as grass fed beef and free range chicken.

Sources:
http://www.eggs.ca/faq/omega-3-fatty-acids
http://thescienceofeating.com/proteins/benefits-of-omega-3-eggs/