Just the other day I came across what these words mean. I can't remember if it was in SP or not. You can type in the words in SP's search engine and find the article, if it is here. You're right "natural" means nothing. It is a deceptive use of the of the word and it is used because the food companies know people will believe their food is "natural" and healthy if they use the term. Because of the cost of these "special" eggs, I just eat regular eggs, when I eat them. Eggs don't normally come with Omega 3s, so I don't buy them.
Cage free does not mean the chickens can wander freely outside on a nice grassy pasture either. Our population is too large to allow most farmers to farm that way anymore. Most chickens are raised in cramped conditions in large barn like structures by big companies. Farmer Jones went out of business many years ago and sold his land to a housing developer.
There are cage free, free range, organic, dha omega 3, vegetarian fed, and about 10 other forms of those words .... it's my understanding that "natural" means nothing but wasn't sure how many of the other "go to" words were not meaningful as well
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Sadly, because of how chickens are raised these days, there is a chance of getting salmonella contaminated eggs. However, cooking kills the bacteria. I have, personally, never had any problems. We are just advised to not eat raw eggs. So that leaves out homemade mayonnaise made with eggs and licking the spoon or beaters when you make homemade cakes.
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Kroger and Safeway Stores have organic eggs. Central Market/Town and Country Markets - several states have them - have fresh local organic eggs that are sold individually. They have egg cases and you pick out the eggs you want. That is what I did when I ate eggs. Another option in my area are individuals who have chickens and sell the eggs from their home. The local feed stores have lists of who buys organic chicken feed.
Now I use either flax "eggs" or Ener-G Egg Replacer. I buy it at Kroger in the "health food" isle. Once in a great while this vegan slips up and craves an omelet. You can't make a good omelet without real eggs. For those I buy Best of the Egg. Or go to Shari's for a veggie omelet.
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I don't eat eggs, but if I had to I would find the best available. I would look for vegetarian-fed organic "cage free" unless you knew someone who sells such fresh from their home. Look at the labels. I know Krogers has them.
I've done enough reading to know the scary side of buying eggs from a grocery store- but unfortunately that is my only viable option at this time. For those of you who eat eggs and have done the research - what do you buy? I have access to Kroger stores, Safeway, Sprouts, and Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers.
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