Confused By Egg Labels? Check This Chart Here

In an earlier article, we revealed what benefits (if any) you’re actually reaping from eating eggs enhanced with Omega-3. But what about the rest of the bunch?

These days, there are so many egg varieties that you can get in the grocery store. You can find organic, pasture and more. Most of the time, you will aim for eggs that are organic or has a nice looking carton. But what does organic or pasture eggs really mean? Are you really picking the right variety that’s good for you and your family?

The variety of egg labels can be overwhelming, but learning what the label means will give you a better understanding on how these eggs were produced [1].

If the eggs are produced in a higher welfare system, such as free-range eggs, it will be stated on the label. But, some labels might be deceiving and we will get into that after we explain the terms. So, it’s time to crack these egg jargons for good!

pasture chicken
Genuine pasture-raised hens have unlimited daytime access to outdoor space.
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Labels can be misleading

An egg can be labeled as free-range but how long are the hens allowed to be outside before they go back into their coop? No standards have been set yet to prove the authenticity of these labels.

How often do the hens actually go outside? How much time are they actually staying outside if they do go out? And what does the outdoor environment include in terms of total space or vegetation? [10]

The free-range label doesn’t reveal any of these details so we won’t know unless we do our own research. If you are really curious about how your eggs are made and truly care about the welfare of the chickens making your eggs, it’s best to check the egg manufacturers’ websites or make a call to them.


Expiry dates might not be exact

The expiry date or sell-off date might be inaccurate because you don’t know how long the fresh eggs were left sitting before it gets packed to be distributed. But most of the time, once the hens have laid the eggs, they are packed and shipped a few days later. Some egg manufacturers will include the ‘pack date’ which is the date the eggs are cleaned, graded and packed [11]. The safest way is to consume your eggs before they reach their expiration date.

There are tutorials online that show how you can test an egg’s freshness by putting it in a bowl of salt water. If it floats then it is not fresh anymore. If it sinks on its side then it is fresh, and if it sinks and lands on its tip then it is still a bit fresh [12]. Although pretty cool, the efficiency of this test has not been proven by science as the size of the air cell varies from egg to egg when they are laid [13]. No harm testing though!

We hope that you can keep these pointers in mind when shopping for eggs. Eggs are a staple in our diets, so knowing the process of how eggs are made will help you determine what eggs are good. Hopefully, egg manufacturers and related government bodies will look more into these issues and have more transparent egg labels so consumers can have more control over what they are consuming.


Which eggs do you usually buy from the grocery stores? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

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