Real Eggs

Eggs aren’t bad for you. At least, real eggs aren’t.

What do I mean by real eggs?

Well, as with real milk and real meat, I mean eggs produced the way Nature intended — eggs coming from hens raised on pasture. I’m talking about eggs from hens who get to act like chickens, eat like chickens, and be chickens.

Happy chickens produce happy eggs.

Happy chickens produce happy eggs.

When compared to the USDA’s nutrient data for conventional eggs coming from chickens confined in factory farms, the eggs of pastured hens usually contain:

  • 1⁄3 less cholesterol
  • 1⁄4 less saturated fat
  • 2⁄3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene
  • 4 to 6 times more vitamin D

In short, they’re much more nutrient dense. And they’re healthy. Rather than being loaded down with so-called “bad” cholesterol, they’re actually rich in the cholesterol your body needs to keep your memory in tip-top shape, your mood serene, and all your organs and cells repaired.

Don’t be fooled by labels, though. It’s nearly impossible to find real eggs in the supermarket, despite packaging labels like “organic,” “free range,” “all natural,” or “cage free.”

The only ways to eat real eggs are to: a)collect them yourself from your own hens, or b)buy them directly from someone else who does.

Surprisingly, neither option is all that hard. If you’re not quite ready to foray into the world of fowl husbandry, you can find a local egg supplier on sites like or I found mine on my local Craigslist.

Want to keep reading more about The Basics? Try out these articles:

Real Milk

Real Meat

Fermented & Raw

Real Food