Cage-Free, Free-Range, and More: How to Decode Your Egg Carton

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Whether you like them sunny side up or scrambled, these labels are important to know
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Not all eggs are created equally.

Deciding what you want to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner may already be a decision in and of itself, but what about when you have to decide between organic, non-GMO, natural, and other labels? Typically, we reach for the cheapest option and hope for the best, but when it comes to animal products, such as meat, dairy, and eggs, it may be important to know what you are purchasing.

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Eggs, for example, are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, with only 75 calories per serving. However, the nutrition facts could change based on where your eggs came from. We spoke with Handsome Brook Farm CEO, Betsy Babcock, about the differences between certain types of eggs and what you should reach for next time you’re at the grocery store.

“Understanding where your eggs come from, and how they are produced, is important not only from the perspective of quality and nutrition, but equally so on an ethical and community levels,” Babcock said. “In this day and age there are a variety of agricultural methods in raising hens, some of which are not the least bit humane in terms of animal welfare. It is important for consumers to be knowledgeable of the differences among these various methods in order to make more informed purchase decisions.”

To help you navigate your way through the egg section of the grocery store, we decoded the different egg labels and listed reasons for why you should care about where your eggs come from.

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