How many times have you said this, or heard someone else say the same thing? Turns out, eggs being bad for you is a myth from the 60's. In addition, if you keep the birds yourself and let them eat grasses and bugs, eggs are actually GOOD for you!!
From Mother Nature Network's article 10 False Facts Most People Think Are True...
8. Cholesterol in eggs is bad for the heart
The perceived association between dietary cholesterol and risk for coronary heart disease
stems from dietary recommendations proposed in the 1960s that had little
scientific evidence, other than the known association between saturated fat and
cholesterol and animal studies where cholesterol was fed in amounts far
exceeding normal intakes. Since then, study after study has found that dietary cholesterol (the
cholesterol found in food) does not negatively raise your body’s cholesterol. It
is the consumption of saturated fat that is the demon
here. So eat eggs, don’t eat steak.
See the rest of the list here: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/10-false-facts-most-people-think-are-true
And from Mother Earth News, How Do Your Eggs Stack Up?...
In 1999, Pennsylvania pastured poultry producer Barb Gorski used a grant from
the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program to have meat
and eggs from her own birds and those of two other farmers tested for a range of nutritional factors. The pastured eggs were found to contain 10 percent less
fat, 34 percent less cholesterol, 40 percent more vitamin A and four times as
much omega-3 fatty acids compared to the standard values reported by the USDA
for commercial eggs. (Numerous studies suggest that diets high in omega-3s can
help protect against heart disease, mitigate the effects of Type II diabetes and
otherwise benefit the human body’s immune responses.) The pastured chicken meat
(with skin on) contained 21 percent less fat, 30 percent less saturated fat and
50 percent more vitamin A than the USDA standard.
Read the rest of the article here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2007-04-01/Best-Eggs-Comparison.aspx?page=2#ixzz2OYt53h18
And trust me, chicken coops do not have to be fancy, not do you have to spend $1,500.00 on those tiny custom built jobs that you often see in catalogs and farm stores. Almost anything will do, as long as you can keep them locked up tight from predators at night. Be creative! And get some birds!!
The only way to be sure where your eggs are coming from is to raise them yourself, because even the high priced "cage free", "free range" kind of eggs at the store are often from the same factory produced cheap eggs; the labeling can be misleading because of the FDA and USDA allowed definitions of those labels.
Put your health first; get your own birds, and produce your own healthy, good for you eggs. If you garden, nothing beats using your own bird manure. Your produce waste can be fed to the birds and turned into eggs. And at the end of her laying life, you have a stewing chicken that has been raised on good food, so you are now producing healthy meat too.
It's spring. Go get some birds, and enjoy them and their product