By Eddy Barillas
Soy is one of the least expensive proteins available today and it is a major part of the majority of animal feeds. These cheap soy proteins force the chickens to grow faster and lay the maximum amount of eggs. However this soy meal is anything but good for those of you who consume them. There have been studies that have shown that soy can be very damaging for the human body and can even cause cancer cells to grow.
The vast majority of eggs nowadays come from chickens that are being fed soy to nurture them however recent studies have shown that the soy that is being fed to the chickens is actually harmful to the chickens as it is harmful to their reproductive and nervous system. Unfortunately farmers who raise these chickens cannot feed their chickens bugs because the chickens are kept in large warehouses and it is impossible for the chickens to have access to fresh grass, air and bugs. This is the main reason that you see on the eggs cartoons that you buy such words that state that the chickens have been fed omega 3’s ECT, flax seed and soy meal.
By the way those of you who are allergic to store bought eggs it may be interesting to note that what you’re probably allergic to is the protein from the soy in the eggs and not the egg itself. Chickens who are allowed to graze in fresh pastures, eat lots of bugs as these bugs are a large part of a chickens diet as this is their main source of protein, iron, phosphorus, calcium and plenty of vitamins such as those found in your multivitamins, they also need to eat grass and take in lots of air to basically produce a much better and healthier egg.
The best eggs to buy are surely these free range, pasture raised soy free eggs. The benefits are many such as containing three times more vitamin E, seven times more beta carotene which is great in preventing certain types of major cancers, cardiovascular disease and arthritis, also two times more omega-3 fatty acids, 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fats and vitamin D. It’s important to know that vitamin D must get into our bodies by one of two ways, first by direct sunlight or from eating eggs. Free range eggs are a great and naturally rich in Vitamin D and eggs from chickens that are fed soy contain five times less vitamin D that free range eggs.
It is important to know that when chickens are permitted to eat their natural diet their eggs tend to be far richer in vital nutrients that our bodies need. So the next time you go to market make sure to check for the non soy fed chickens eggs and add years and good health to your life.