Don't chicken out on organics
You can head into the supermarket with the best of intentions. This time, you say to yourself, I really will buy only natural and organic foods.
Then you see the price.
That difference can make going organic tough to swallow -- but the latest research shows that when it comes to eggs, you're getting more than your money's worth.
You're getting a nutritional powerhouse.
In fact, compared to organic eggs from free-range chickens, plain old eggs just aren't up to scratch.
The biggest difference is right where you want it: Organic eggs have higher levels of a nutrient many Americans, especially older folks, are missing out on.
It's the essential vitamin D you need for heart, brain, bone, and more -- and recent studies show how it can cut the risk of conditions that can have an immediate and devastating impact on your life, including respiratory infections and falls.
You WANT this stuff. You NEED this stuff. But if you're like most Americans, odds are you're NOT getting anything close to what your body is crying out for.
But if you shell out just a little more cash on organic free-range eggs, you'll bone up on that all-important D -- because the new study finds it contains 42 percent more vitamin D3 than eggs from regular old factory-farm chickens.
They contain so much vitamin D that a single organic free-range egg can provide a full 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of the stuff.
Have two eggs for breakfast, and you're almost at the halfway point!
The reason is basic biology: Like humans, hens make their vitamin D from sun exposure.
The ones cooped up on factory farms literally never see honest-to-goodness daylight, while free-range chickens get out under the sun each day.
The new study focused on D levels, but there are other reasons to go organic with your eggs, including a better balance of fats.
Not too long ago -- before processed foods and factory farms came along -- we ate a diet roughly balanced in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Today, we eat far more omega-6 fatty acids, and the resulting imbalance leads to chronic inflammation, obesity, heart disease, and even mood disorders.
The typical standard egg has a 19:1 ratio, meaning there's 19 milligrams of omega-6 for every single milligram of omega-3s.
But organic eggs have a balance of anywhere from 4:1 to even 1:1.
That's a better ratio for your overall health.
Eggs are also rich in essential minerals, and they're so filling that studies show people who eat them for breakfast eat fewer snacks later in the morning and a smaller lunch in the afternoon.
And that, my friend, is worth shelling out a little extra scratch for... so don't chicken out when you see the price.