Most health-conscious people tend to have a good idea of the calories, fats, sugar and salt content of their favourite food. While these are vital information, knowing the source or origin and how the food is processed (from farm to table) is just as important. Unfortunately, many people seem unconcerned or are unaware about it. But you should…both for health and ethical reasons.
Let’s start with our favourite breakfast food – eggs. Unless one has an allergy to eggs, I know of no one who doesn’t like eggs. The egg is the simplest and most complete food, highly nutritious and versatile enough for the quickest of meals. I eat a dozen eggs each week and last time I checked, my cholesterol is below 200 (thanks aslo to red wine, says my doctor)!
But sadly, millions of hens are living in pain and suffering as they labor to produce our eggs. The vast majority of the eggs we eat are produced by hens that spend their lives in tiny cages that they share with several other birds. It is
one of the cruellest and most inhumane practices in factory farming. And because they are so overcrowded, they are pumped with antibiotics just to keep them alive. This is the same story with the broilers – chickens raised for meat. The antibiotics eventually end up in your gut.
This suffering is needless. Free-range farming can provide a significant improvement in living conditions for hens – for just a few pesos more per egg. But if you ask why free-range chicken seems so “expensive,” just take a trip to a confinement poultry operation to learn why factory-farmed chicken is so “cheap.” The contrast between free-range and confinement chicken farms will shock you and make an immediate impression.
Unlike factory-farmed eggs which need to be “enriched” with selenium and other minerals, our eggs at Healthy Options are laid by healthy free-range chickens. They are not given growth hormones or antibiotics and they have access to fresh air, plenty of sunshine, and outdoors to forage for bugs where they get all the minerals they need (such as calcium for harder egg shells). The eggs are freshly laid, collected every day, carefully graded and packed according to size and color, then are delivered to our stores within 72 hours.
Our free-range eggs are only produced in small quantity due to the big space these free-range chickens require and are always sold out. This is why we partner with several free-range chicken farmers like Purpose Driven Farm,
Batangas Free-Range Farm and Glinoga Farm. To avoid disappointment and to ensure your supply, I suggest you let our frontlines know of your egg requirements in advance.
At Healthy Options, you will always know where your food comes from. In the next issue, I’ll tell you about our happy pigs and why they taste so good. If you haven’t tried organic lechon, you haven’t lived!
Best of health,