If you are seeking to reduce or eliminate soy in the foods you eat, you are not alone: soy has been identified as a leading allergen in the American diet. What you may not realize is that virtually every brand of eggs available in the supermarket today contains soy in the yolk, even if the eggs are grass-fed/pasture raised. That’s right, even foods that are not labelled as containing soy may have soy in them; and with eggs, this all-but-certain to be so. The good news is that Bethesda Farm Soy-Free Eggs are available in Florida Whole Foods Markets as well as Northeast Florida Native Sun, Lucky’s Market (now in Central Florida too!), Grassroots and Ward’s Markets.
How Does Soy Get into an Egg?
Soy is the primary source of protein for almost all egg-laying chickens. According to research at Ohio State University by Vargas Galdos (scroll to seventh paragraph), the soy in chicken feed transfers into the hens egg yolks:
“Vargas Galdos succeeded in his goal of proving the transfer and accumulation of isoflavones from chicken feed into hen eggs and tissues. Chickens fed the special chow with the extra 500 mg isoflavones per 100 grams laid eggs with yolks containing 1000 μg isoflavones per 100 grams.”
Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, author of the linked article, concludes that the presence of soy in eggs should be a concern:
“This represents a clear and present danger for individuals with soy allergies, and for anyone who wants to avoid over-estrogenization (such as growing boys and women prone to breast cancer).”
Bethesda Farm Soy-Free Eggs are Laid By Hens on a Soy-Free Diet
Bethesda Farm dedicates some of our organic, grass-fed hens to producing soy-free eggs. Our soy-free hens do not receive any soy in their diets. Instead, they receive proteins from other quality sources. All feed protein from animal sources are wild-caught marine species, while the non-soy plant-based protein comes from organic grasses. Of course, since Bethesda Farm hens live outdoors on grass, they receive protein from the pasture: the grass itself as well as bugs and grubs they find throughout their days in the sunshine.
In addition to being soy-free, Bethesda Farm Soy-Free Eggs are also organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and certified by Whole Foods as “Mobile Houses on Pasture,” its highest of four egg quality and animal welfare classifications.