How Do Animal Diets Affect Your Health?

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Last month, we talked to nationally recognized registered dietitians, nutritionists, personal trainers, and twin sisters Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos — known as The Nutrition Twins — about staying fit and healthy in 2017. The Lakatos sisters raved about the health benefits of eggs — especially those from chickens with a diet of lutein-rich marigolds. It turns out that a chicken’s diet can actually affect your well-being as a consumer. “Alfalfa meal and marigold – these are sources of lutein, a carotenoid pigment that helps maintain eye and skin health, and may help guard against some forms of cancer,” the Nutrition Twins told us. “Marigolds have been studied for their anti-inflammatory properties and prevention of free-radical damage, both of which promote optimal health.” So, how exactly does a chicken’s diet impact an egg’s nutrients? “The various antioxidants in feed work together to protect against oxidation, which helps to prevent off-flavors that could result from oxidized nutrients,” Eggland’s Best Head of Quality Assurance, Dr. Bart Slaugh, PhD, told Medical Daily in an email. “Ideal egg flavor is characterized as being free from off-flavors, having a ‘clean’ taste.” According to Dr. Slaugh, a majority of chickens in the United States lay eggs that contain animal by-products. However, animal fat and meat can be replaced with canola oil through the chicken's feed, which will ultimately change the taste and improve the nutrition content of the eggs. Next time you’re at the grocery store debating which meat or animal products to purchase, even if it’s not eggs, consider the source’s diet. For example, women may be at greater risk of detrimental health effects from hormones in food. According to SFGATE, modern farming practices often involve supplementing animal feed with growth hormone to promote faster weight gain.
26 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Carton of Eggs: By Olivia TarantinoThere were some things I expected to be difficult to figure out as an adult—like which funds I should choose for my 401K and what to do when my car breaks down 200 miles from home. Figuring out which carton of eggs to buy was not one of them.Everyone has their go-to brands when it comes to supermarket products. For example, I’ll always look for Rao’s when it comes to pasta sauce and Bob’s Red Mill for my steel cut oats. But after a few of my first grocery store runs post-college, I started realizing I was clueless when it came to choosing a carton of eggs. You know, those protein-packed pantry staples that are a key component of any health-minded person’s diet?I was so clueless, in fact, that I would stand motionless in front of the egg section for minutes at a time, just staring at all the options. I heard “excuse me” more times than I’d like to admit, as hurried shoppers gently nudged me out of their way. They all seemed to have it figured out, but the nutrition junkie inside me couldn’t just grab an option and go. Should I go for the cheaper white eggs? Or were the “cage-free” brown eggs better? And what the heck does “farm fresh” even mean?Even if you have your go-to brand, there are some carton claims that we’d bet you might not know the meaning behind. So, if you’re curious to see what exactly omega-3-enriched eggs really are or why brown eggs always cost more (and if they’re better for you), we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to deciphering those eggcellent egg carton claims. Plus, we’ve added a few brands to look out for when you’re shopping! Not a huge fan of eggs in the first place? Then you’ll definitely want to peep this list of 26 Foods With More Protein Than an Egg!
26 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Carton of Eggs

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