The hens at Bethesda Farm eat grass and bugs in addition to high-quality organic, Non-GMO Project Verified feed. As a result, their pasture-raised eggs are not only a significantly higher source of omega-3 fats than industrial eggs, but provide a healthier omega-6/omega-3 ratio – meaning your body can actually absorb the omega-3 it needs to thrive.
Right now, if it’s daytime, wherever you happen to be, the hens at Bethesda Farm are outside, soaking up the sunshine, eating grass and chasing bugs – or eating freshly ground feed. Think about it: all that sunshine, a super-healthy diet most of us would envy (at least for its nutritional value) and a low-stress country lifestyle.
All of that goodness finds it’s way into each egg the hens lay.
Just watching the hens walk through tall pasture, eating blades of organically grown grass, may be enough for us to know that the Bethesda Farm eggs at your local grocer are naturally full of wholesome nutrition. It takes researchers a bit longer to confirm what we know in our hearts: it turns out that eating wild fish, grass-fed meats and poultry, and pasture-raised eggs can mean the difference between essential nutrients that our body successfully absorb — or not.
Omega-6 and Omega 3 Ratios Importance
We are learning that we not only need foods with omega-3 fats but that the ratio between omega-3 and omega-6 matters. A Mother Earth News article, Fat Matter – Understanding the Science tells us that foods that are too high in omega-6 fats can actually stop our bodies from absorbing the essential omega-3 fats.
A Norwegian researcher looking at diets fed to farmed fish and lab animals found that the simple switch in concentrations of these two key fatty acids to favor omega-6s provoked obesity and inflammation. Restoring the ratio to a more natural balance reversed both obesity and inflammation.
Which foods provide a healthier omega-6/omega-3 ration? Foods from animals that are raised on pasture or caught wild in the sea. Animals raised using industrial processes, including most of the meat and eggs in the US as well as farmed fish, contain high amounts of omega-6 compared to omega-3. The high omega-6 levels result from animal diets that do not permit regular access to grass or seaweed and natural sources of protein.
Bethesda Farm Pasture-Raised Eggs Come from Hens that Live Outdoors
Our motto at Bethesda Farm is “The chicken comes first… then the egg.” We understand that in order to bring you super-healthy eggs, we must take care of the hens that produce the eggs. The hens at Bethesda Farm
- Eat only USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, freshly ground feed
- Live outdoors on green pastures. Each flock is rotated to fresh pasture regularly.
- Eat grass, bugs and other natural sources of nutrition.
- Are free to express themselves as a chicken: roosting at night, taking dust baths, interacting with their flock.