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Omerga-3 Eggs?


#1

What are these omega-3 eggs? They sound amazing and I want some :slight_smile: tyvm


#2

For many years, it has been known that poly-
unsaturated fatty acids play a role in reducing the
risk of heart disease. Current research findings
suggest that omega-3 fatty acids help lower blood
triglyceride levels. Omega-3 fatty acids are also
required for normal growth and development and
good vision.
However, before you focus on the different types
of fatty acids in your diet, your total fat intake should
be reviewed. Cutting back on fat is the single most
important dietary change you can make. Start by
reducing added fats and oils in your diet. Then
focus on saturated fats found in fried foods and
baked goods and trans fats found in shortening,
margarines and products containing hydrogenated
oils. Trans fat is a by-product of hydrogenation, the
process used to change liquid oils into a spread or
solid form. Choosing polyunsaturated and mono-
unsaturated fatty acids over these fats helps reduce
the risk of heart disease.

Consumers are finding variety in the egg
section of their grocery store. Sold under a
number of different names, Omega-3 enriched
eggs are on the market in various parts of the
country. These eggs are the same as the
classic egg we all know, except they contain
higher levels of the polyunsaturated fatty acid
called omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are
commonly found in fish and fish oils as well as
canola oil, soybean and flaxseed.

Omega-3 enriched eggs are
produced by altering the diet of
laying hens. Hens are fed a special
diet which contains 10-20% ground
flaxseed. Flaxseed is higher in
omega-3 fatty acids and lower in
saturated fatty acids than other
grains. As a result, the eggs
produced from hens on this feed
formula are higher in omega-3 fatty
acids. The total fat content and
cholesterol level of the egg remain
very similar.

Comparison of Fat Profile
Omega-3 Enriched** Classic Egg**
Total Fatty Acids 4.9 g 5.0 g
Omega-6 0.7 g 0.7 g
Omega-3 0.4 g 0.04 g
Monounsaturated 1.6 g 2.0 g
Saturated 1.2 g 1.5 g
Cholesterol 185 mg 190 mg
**based on 1 whole large egg


#3

This is the part you wanted to know.

[quote]Petrichor wrote:
Omega-3 enriched eggs are
produced by altering the diet of
laying hens. Hens are fed a special
diet which contains 10-20% ground
flaxseed. Flaxseed is higher in
omega-3 fatty acids and lower in
saturated fatty acids than other
grains. As a result, the eggs
produced from hens on this feed
formula are higher in omega-3 fatty
acids. The total fat content and
cholesterol level of the egg remain
very similar.[/quote]


#4

Taking fish oil and/or eating wild fish takes care of everything. Worrying about the fatty acid ratio in animal products which don’t contain much polyunsaturated fat seems like nitpicking, honestly.

I like Eggland’s Best though–I swear they just taste better.


#5

I buy omega 3 eggs. No good reason other than I guess I’m getting more with these ones rather than the ‘other’ ones.


#6

No reason not to buy them anymore, they are damn near the same price of regular eggs now. Last time I was at Target, Omega-3 enriched were $2.26/dozen, and plain old eggs were 1.89/dozen. I felt differently about a year ago when a dozen jumbo eggs were all of .89. Thanks ethanol!