You Are What You Eat…and What It Ate

You Are What You Eat…and What It Ate

Confused about which eggs to pick at the grocery store? There’s an incredibly important and foundational truth to consider here: It’s not just about what you eat but how and where what you eat was raised and what it ate before getting to your dinner plate. This is critical to the concept of the diet your body was Originally Designed to run on.

The poor treatment, diet, and living conditions of stock animals like cattle, confinement factory-raised chicken, and farm-raised fish has been a popular cause recently. Proper conditions aren’t just an added bonus for the mental and physical health of the animal, bird, or fish, but it’s critical for your health as well.

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For instance, let’s look at eggs. It’s not enough for me to just make a vague statement and say that eggs are good for you. The kind of eggs makes a huge difference. We used to be told that eggs were good for us. Anyone remember “?The incredible, edible egg!?” commercials? Then “they” decided that eggs weren’t good for us-all that cholesterol (not true, by the way!). Then they said that you could eat egg whites for the protein, but to throw away the yolks because they would “clog your arteries.” This is ridiculous. Your body needs cholesterol.

One study “examined the relation between egg consumption and incidence of CHD (coronary heart disease) and stroke in a cohort of 80,082 women 34 through 59 years of age…and found no evidence of an…association between egg consumption and risk of CHD.” In fact, their research showed a slight decrease in risk when they ate five to six eggs per week. 1

Pasture-raised eggs come from chickens that live as they were designed. They live out in nature, roaming wild in the fresh air and sunshine, eating bugs, worms, grass, seeds, nuts, plants, and various other natural foods that they were designed to eat. These birds will create eggs that are valuable, dense sources of nutrients that we need, like protein, good cholesterol, omega-3 fats, vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, and choline to just name a few. When consumed during pregnancy, choline, which is found in the yoke, has even been shown to reduce neural tube defects in babies. 2 This type of eggs is extremely healthy for your body. It might be the perfect food.

Read more about Cholesterol and Eggs

Conventional (cheap) eggs come from chickens that are confined in a warehouse, standing shoulder to shoulder with thousands of other chickens, and will not produce the healthy eggs that you and your loved ones need and deserve. The living conditions of these birds are atrocious. If not caged, they’re often made to stand “knee-deep” in their own urine and feces, without access to sunlight, grass, or fresh air … ever. Many have painful skin conditions, respiratory problems, pulmonary congestion, swelling, hemorrhaging, and blindness from the ammonia gases coming off of their waste. They’re frequently diseased or even die before harvesting. 3

Conventional hens are fed a diet of man-made pellets of processed GMO soy, GMO cottonseed, GMO canola, feather meal, and various other industries’ waste products and contain chemical residues, like antibiotics and even Prozac. 4 70% of these chickens have arsenic added to their feed as it’s thought to help with disease and give the meat a nice pink color. 5 This is unbelievable and not even remotely close to the Original Design.

Let’s look at the differences in the wording on the egg carton, how they’re raised and how that affects the nutrition of the eggs. Here are the main types you’ll find in the grocery store:

  • Pasture-raised: It’s eggs the way they were Originally Designed to be (see above).
  • Conventional: see above…awful!
  • Omega-3: conventional, given omega-3 “enriched” feed, not necessarily organic.
  • Cage free: conventional, not in cages but still in big barns…don’t be fooled.
  • Free-range: conventional with a small access door to a dirt patch…not pastured.
  • Organic: no hormones or antibiotics, organic feed, not pastured.
  • Grade AA, A or B: only a measure of uniformity & size…AA is best.
  • White vs. Brown: makes no difference…it’s just a species difference.
  • Natural: useless term since all eggs come from nature. Means nothing.
  • Hormone-free: Duh. The FDA forbids the use of hormones in poultry.
  • Humanely-raised: slight living condition benefits…slight.
  • Animal Welfare approved: stronger requirements=better for you & the birds.

Here are the potential nutrient differences:

Nutrients per

100 g. of egg

Vitamin A


Vitamin E


Vitamin D


















Bottom line? You want organic, pasture-raised eggs which have roughly two times the vitamin A, four times the vitamin E, six times the vitamin D, ten times the beta-carotene, and three and a half times the omega-3s! Still worried about cost? I think they’re worth a little more than the conventional eggs, don’t you? The taste is even better too. They’re what eggs were designed to be like before the chickens’ diets and lifestyles were so drastically changed from their Original Design. It just makes sense to eat food the way it was intended…from beginning to end.

1 Frank B. Hu, et al., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1999.

2 G. M. Shaw, et al., (July 2004), “Periconceptional dietary intake of choline and betaine and neural tube defects in offspring.” American Journal of Epidemiology 160(2): 102–109.

3 This information is taken from, accessed June 15, 2016.

4 This information is taken from, accessed June 15, 2016.

5 This information is taken from, accessed June 15, 2016.

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