Today it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed when looking into the case of eggs in the dairy department. Not only must you decide what size you would like, but you must also decide if you want traditional eggs, cage-free, free-range, pasteurized, enhanced or fertile eggs.
Some people choose eggs based on how the birds are treated (i.e. cage-free or free-range) while others choose eggs that are heavy in nutrients or enhanced for health benefits. However, regardless why people choose their eggs, the United States Depart of Agriculture’s Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit found that all eggs have the same health benefits as traditionally produced eggs.
A team of researchers studied and compared traditional, free-range, cage-free, pasteurized and nutritionally-enhanced eggs for nutritional value. The eggs had different size, weight, height, shell and membrane strength and overall solids, but all eggs had the same nutritional values.
The study can be found in the July issue of Poultry Science.
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