Cage-free, hormone-free, free-range, high in Omega-3, white, brown, large, x-large, organic, $5 per dozen or $1.79 per dozen?  Which type of eggs are the best fit for you?

Dietary protein is essential to mitigate the loss of muscle that comes with advancing age. Decreases in muscle mass can lead to frailty, loss of strength, slow wound healing and impaired immune function. Eggs, a protein rich food, are inexpensive, while also maintaining a long shelf-life. Continue reading to learn more! 

Purchasing Pearls: 

  • The color of the eggs are determined by the hen’s breed.  Color has relatively no bearing on nutritional content or quality.
  • Size is a personal preference and only matters when used in recipes. Large eggs are standard for most recipes.
  • All eggs contain high-quality protein, about 75 calories, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids that support eye health.  Eggs, although cholesterol-rich, are not significantly associated with blood cholesterol levels or heart disease for most people. The egg white is pure protein.
  • Carton labels describe how the hens live and what they are fed.  These factors influence the higher prices.  What matters most to you?
  • Eggs are a nutritional bang for the buck!

About Mary Lynne Hixson, MA, RD:

Mary Lynne, a registered dietitian, helps others enhance their health through the advocacy of nutrient-rich food choices and safe food-handling practices. Her expertise also includes counseling patients who have Type 2 diabetes and advising those who are in medically-managed weight loss programs. After her 35+ year career, she retired and became involved with the launch of Harvest of Hope Pantry in 2012 as a Board of Directors member. Mary Lynne is a weekly volunteer with Cultivate’s Carry-Out Caravan program, shopping and delivering groceries to seniors in the Boulder area, and also a frequent volunteer with Harvest of Hope.