Most of us grew up eating eggs. Whether it was for breakfast or just a quick snack; scrambled eggs, fried eggs, boiled eggs, poached eggs… not to mention all the mass produced food eggs go into – pancakes, cakes, biscuits, pasta… the list goes on and on.
But did you ever really stop to think where the egg you were eating actually came from, what went into the production of it and whether it was really “Good” for you?
Unfortunately, most of us, prefer to put our heads in the sand when it comes to these questions.
Most of what we have ever heard, from the media, the advertising industry, the government and most “nutrition” companies, is that eggs were “good” for us and nothing was wrong with them as long as they are “cage free”/ “humane”/ “free-range” or organic; it’s ok for the animals and to eat them.
Most people think of farm animals, especially chicken, grazing on green pastures, roaming free and laying eggs without a care in the world whenever they feel like it.
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Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
Like the dairy industry, the egg industry is a huge money making machine for the government, which has been keeping us in the dark and covering up some horrifying facts about egg production, as well as health consequences of egg consumption, to say the least.
THE SHOCKING FACTS
Chicken naturally produce around 12 eggs per year, generally in Spring. Hens that are bred for the egg industry today are genetically hybridized to produce over 200-350 eggs per year which is over 15 times the natural amount.
The egg industry realized interfering with the natural brooding process of a hen and continuously taking her eggs away, makes her body produce more. Sadly, this causes these birds a lifetime of misery, suffering and many debilitating health problems which leaves many unable to walk. The natural life of a chicken is from 10-25 years, but for a battery hen, they are considered “spent” after around 1-2 years of rapid egg production, and are sent to slaughter. Due to many of them having abnormalities, bruises and broken bones, they usually end up shredded in canned soup or other low grade meat products to hide these deformities.
Chicken are intelligent, sensitive animals
Not only are they the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex, research has shown chickens are sensitive, intelligent and social creatures. They display very sophisticated ways of communication and have over 25 different vocal communication calls, including signals for intentions.
Studies have shown, as reported in the Scientific American from an article titled “The Startling intelligence of the Common Chicken” that the unique communication skills of a chicken are at the same level as some primates. Chicken can solve complex problems, recognize each other as individuals after separation, and display empathy. They also display memory and different emotions, especially strong motherly emotions towards their young, which, sadly, nearly all egg-laying hens never get to do.
Starved and Mutilated
At just a few days old and even on “organic” and “free-range” farms, female chicks have 1/3 to 2/3 of their extremely sensitive beaks seared off without painkillers.
De-beaking is standard practice in the egg industry on all farms. Their beaks are similar to our fingertips and are loaded with blood vessels, pain receptors and nerve endings.
Many birds are unable to eat due to the pain, and die from starvation, dehydration, or weakened immune systems.
If this wasn’t bad enough, hens are also put through a process known as “forced-molting” which starves them for 18 days, without water, in the dark. This shocks their bodies into a rapid egg-laying cycle and allows the egg producers to get the most “bang for the buck” out of these animals who are still unfortunately not protected by The Animal Welfare Act or The Humane Slaughter Act.
Male chicks – as they are no use in the egg industry – are ground up alive or discarded and suffocated in trash bags, like garbage.
About 70 percent of egg calories are from saturated fat.
Eggs contain zero dietary fiber and are loaded with cholesterol – about 213 mg for an average sized egg.
People with diabetes, high cholesterol or cardiovascular diseases should consume fewer than 200 mg of cholesterol each day.
Humans have no biological need to consume ANY cholesterol at all, since we make enough in our own bodies.
Most shockingly, due to 100,000 Americans being poisoned by salmonella from eggs every year, the egg industry is barred by the United States Department of Agriculture from being able to call eggs “healthy,” “safe” or “nutritious”. They have managed to get around their marketing for this by calling eggs words like “fresh” and “satisfying.”