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How To: Choose the Best Eggs
by naterawer


"Egg Carton Cheat Sheet" from :

Ideal: Grade refers to firmness, AA best. 
Emblems: National Organic Program, U.S.D.A., Animal Family Farmers (independents, less than 500 chickens), Humane Farm Animal Care, American Humane Society
Organic: needs National Organic Program emblem
Chickens are naturally omnivores, but non-vegetarian feed can contain all manner of terrible things
Pasture raised, which means non-vegetarian
DHA Omega-3
Pasteurized, good for recipes with raw eggs
Antibiotics claim requires USDA or National Organic Program certification 

Less than ideal, but better than meaningless: 
Grade refers to firmness, A good. 
Emblems: United Egg Producers Certified
Cage free almost meaningless, free range is a little better
ALA Omega-3

Meaningless or bad: 
Grade refers to firmness, B bad. 
Terms natural, naturally raised, hormones are meaningless

From this NYTimes article, : "Some claims on egg cartons are regulated by the federal government, some by the states and some not at all. Some affect consumers’ health, some touch upon ethics and some are meaningless. All purport to describe how the hens were raised, or what they were fed, or what extra benefits their eggs might provide. So, what do these terms mean?"

dairy, fresh, natural, informational
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