Free-Range Eggs May Be Less Healthy Than Regular Eggs

EggsFrom Science Daily:

Contrary to popular belief, paying a premium price for free-range eggs may not be healthier than eating regular eggs, a new study reports. Scientists found that free-range eggs in Taiwan contain at least five times higher levels of certain pollutants than regular eggs.

Their findings appear in ACS’ bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

In the new study, Pao-Chi Liao and colleagues note that free-range chickens are those that have continuous access to fresh air, sunshine, and exercise, in contrast to chickens that are confined to cages. Demand for eggs from free-range chickens has increased steadily due to their supposed better nutrition qualities, including higher levels of certain healthy fats. But scientists suspect that free-range chickens may risk getting higher levels of exposure to environmental pollutants, particularly PCDDs and PCDFs, potentially toxic substances that are produced as by-products of burning waste. Also known as dioxins, these substances may cause a wide range of health problems in humans, including reproductive and developmental problems and cancer…

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  • emperorreagan

    Taiwan scientists also report that letting your wife out of the house might expose her to other dudes who are hotter, more interesting, or more affluent than you.

    Keep your wife in the secret room in the basement and your chickens in a cage.

    • Cerebralcaustic

      >Taiwan scientists also report that letting your wife out of the house might expose her to other dudes who are hotter, more interesting, or more affluent than you.

      >Keep your wife in the secret room in the basement and your chickens in a cage.

      “Screw the rights of nature. Nature will have rights as soon as it get duties. The minute we see birds, trees, bugs, and squirrels picking up litter, giving money to charity, and keeping an eye on our kids at the park, we'll let them vote.”

      P.J. O'Rourke

      • hypnos

        A fool quoting a fool. How appropriate.

        • sartorius

          Burn!

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          Especially since bees work 24/7 pollinating that food we like so much…and I've watched birds haul off litter and build nests out of it. O'Rourke can be a very funny guy…and I enjoy that, but when you strive to be funny you can wind up dropping lines that are complete BS…and then they get quoted by 'tards as if they are serious literature.

          • Alech

            Yeah but do bees pay taxes? Do they contribute to society? Of course not. They hang around on the streets threatening sweet old ladies with their venomous stings. Bunch of freeloaders.

  • Mutterhals

    It's OK, I can't be killed by anything.

  • Soph

    What about free ranged eggs from America? Certainly free range chickens that run around an organic farm lay healthier eggs.

    • EcstasyOfApostasy

      “Free range” in America doesn't mean the same thing. They might not be in cages, but they're still kept by the thousands in huge, overheated, filthy warehouses and fed all kinds of god awful chemicals. I know; my aunt raises “free range” turkeys and chickens. Organic is a hole other issue.

      Besides, as far as eggs go, the negative far outweighs the positive. It's best to just stop eating them all together. (That, and I personally think they're gross. :P)

      • Me

        Studies also show that 'regular' or battery-cage-raised chickens have high rates of cancer – you are what you eat.

        “Besides, as far as eggs go, the negative far outweighs the positive.”

        for instance?

      • oman28

        I saw one of those warehouses on a doco. The chickens were fed growth hormones which caused them to grow four times as fast as they normally would. This guy had to walk around and pick up the ones that had died due to their underdeveloped legs breaking under the weight.
        I buy organic eggs from a local farm

      • Dogbeardbirdbeer

        Anyone know of a reliable way of determining the true condition in which the chickens are raised on each farm?
        Is there a decent investigative report on this or are these farms ever audited?
        (I don't have time to visit each of my upstate farms just yet, so please assume that option is a given.)

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Pick mine up from a local small farm where I have to be careful not to drive over any free range chickens on the way up the drive. They can't get much freer than that. Plus the eggs are delicious, huge and drug free. Keep your eyes open in your area for small farms if you can.

  • EcstasyOfApostasy

    It's quite telling how they use the term “regular egg” to describe the ones that have been laid by sick and tortured hens that have been fed hormones and weird chemicals all their lives.

    Sign of the times…

  • Namelesswon

    news just in; a new study shows that “new studies” appear in the press and “journals” contradicting each other every 46 seconds. Professor Wakwanoff went on to confirm that many studies usually are funded by shadow government policy yes men, major corporations and industrailists keen to regain public trust lost in scientific studies showing them to be evil nefarious scumbags keen to enslave nature, fellow man, and bring on a cumulative occulted action bringing about the death of the mind and the manifestation of Ahriman the elder one.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Great…another prediction of mine comes true. We're finally down to arguing over which toxins and chemicals in our diet are more dangerous…because every which we turn we've run out of unpolluted space.

    Its worth noting that this was not something I wanted to be true…just something I cynically expected to happen in spite of efforts to prevent it.

    Sure, there are organic farms that do a great job making sure the environment is clean for their livestock…but I didn't predict an end to all safe food…just that the arguments would come down to people comparing levels of toxicity instead of 0-danger vs some-danger.

  • swabby429

    Regardless of that, I'd still buy free-range because of the cruelty factor. Here, in my part of the Great Plains of the USA, free-range means outdoors, clucking and pecking away. I know the farm where the hens live and produce their eggs. I feel good about my purchases and the hens.

    swabby

  • Theeorganizationoftheorganized

    What is a regular egg? Are deranged eggs irregular? Which eggs have been regulated as regular by the regulators regulations? I will go to the diner and ask for the regular eggs but I prefer them scrambled. Can I get a regular omelet with regulated cheese? And a regular coffee. Ok you only have irregular coffee. I think I will take a irregular free ranged dump. Regular eggs. They found diseased chickens in dumpsters. Then they put em in bacteria infested labs and took the eggs and compared them to store shelf eggs from the fridge. Uh oh, theres bacteria God forbid we use our immune systems. And cooking thoroughly helps too. I eat regular Taiwanese eggs regularly. ok eggheads. I am the mother f ing egg man goo goo gah choo. -Humpty Dumpty

  • hunter349

    Taiwan free range eggs worse than “regular eggs” that's a shocker………….considering Taiwan is one of the most polluted pieces of land in the world. Pollution Standard Index readings in Taiwan regularly reach above 200. L.A hits about 100. The entire Island is riddled with discarded cadmium, mercury, lead, and so forth. They have to import a huge amount of the fresh water they drink because their rivers are so polluted.

    Next article: “Studies show it's safer to eat your pet goldfish than a shrimp from the middle of the BP oil spill”

  • Johnnyb93

    If the chickens free range in a polluted environment it is obvious that any resulting poultry products would be unhealthy. But the story is misleading if it is saying that “free range” by its nature is not a good thing. I believe free range chickens in a healthy environment will produce healthier poultry products than factory farmed chickens. This study was done in Taiwan and it does not indicate if organic farms were the location of the “free range” chickens or if the chickens did their “free ranging” in city alleyways. I have raised free range chickens in a clean healthy environment and I can attest the meat and eggs are far superior to factory farmed products.

  • Johnnyb93

    If the chickens free range in a polluted environment it is obvious that any resulting poultry products would be unhealthy. But the story is misleading if it is saying that “free range” by its nature is not a good thing. I believe free range chickens in a healthy environment will produce healthier poultry products than factory farmed chickens. This study was done in Taiwan and it does not indicate if organic farms were the location of the “free range” chickens or if the chickens did their “free ranging” in city alleyways. I have raised free range chickens in a clean healthy environment and I can attest the meat and eggs are far superior to factory farmed products.