Omega Levels in Eggs.

Hi keepers, the link between high-fat, high-cholesterol diets and heart disease is well established. Today, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, since 1964 the number of deaths caused by heart disease has decreased dramatically. Part of this decrease has been attributed to changes in the American diet. The dietary intake of cholesterol and saturated fats has decreased, while the intake of polyunsaturated fats has increased. Several studies have shown that fish oils rich in unsaturated (omega-3) fatty acids can lower blood cholesterol levels in people who have hypercholesteremia (high blood cholesterol). Other studies have claimed that these fatty acids can reduce blood pressure, tumor growth, arthritis, headaches, and the formation of blood clots. Eggs are a good and inexpensive source of protein, but one large egg contains 220 milligrams of cholesterol. Therefore, a study was performed to determine if adding omega-3 fatty acids to eggs can affect blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The study included nine men and three women with normal blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure. During the first four weeks of the study, half of the subjects ate four eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids per day in addition to their normal diet, while the other half ate four regular eggs per day. During the second four weeks of the study, the diets were reversed. The diet containing the regular eggs caused blood cholesterol levels to increase, but did not alter blood pressure. The eggs with omega-3 fatty acids did not cause blood cholesterol levels to increase, while they decreased the amount of triglyceride (fat) in the blood and decreased blood pressure as well. It is concluded that eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids may be more healthful than regular eggs.

It is my understanding that Omega levels in eggs have dropped due to modern farming methods( i.e, battery farming), no sunlight or sun-grown feed, grasses, bugs etc,  now scientists have worked out a way to artificially put it back in ??????, if they just left things alone, it would have been fine,, ..so the eggs that we back yard chicken keepers produce, should have the correct levels of omega 3,  the amount nature intended,  for no study has yet been done to determine, how all this added Omega 3 will effect us in the future.

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One Response

  1. Absolutely. Grass-fed chooks will lay eggs with high levels of omega-3. Their meat will also contain more omega-3.

    Modern grain-based farming methods (for battery chickens, beef, lamb, etc) have reduced the omega-3 levels of most of the meat we eat. As much as you can, try to eat grass-fed meat and not corn/grain fed.

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