Why do Chiropractors care about the ‘cracking’ egg?

article written by Mel Davis, chiropractor at Back 2 Balance.

We all know how good eggs are for us….they went through a spell of bad publicity in the 60s, 70s and 80s due to the link with cholesterol however this link has been found to be non causative for cholesterol problems in the western diet. It’s all the bad fats and sugary foods we eat that leads to poor cholesterol levels.  

As chiropractors it is our duty to educate people on a healthier way of life…obviously including exercises and stretches but nutrition/foodstuff is just as important. Eggs are high in lots of healthy vitamins including the B vitamins and vitamin D (technically not a vitamin….it’s actually a hormone). We all know the importance of vitamin D from my blog on sunlight ;-). Eggs contain one of the very few naturally occurring sources of vitamin D so eat away. Because they are rich in protein they are also an excellent source of fuel….studies show that eggs for breakfast help stave off hunger than the more sugary starts to the day. Anyone fancy an omelette?

Eggs are also high in selenium which is a great mood enhancer, anti cancer and helps with migraines as well. With most of my migraine patients I recommend either supplementing or eating foods rich in selenium. Another food group rich in selenium is brazil nuts! Eggs are high in iodine and phosphorus which are good for thyroid and bone health respectively…which is what us chiropractors like to hear!! They are also (if from the right type of eggs)…an eggcellent source (sorry) of omega 3. Omega-3 fats being very good for the nervous system, immune system and cardiovascular system. However, eggs are not created equally and the following is a breakdown of what type of environment labelled eggs actually come from.

Cage-Free Eggs

Cage-free eggs are eggs from hens that are not raised in cages, but in floor systems usually in an open barn. The hens have bedding material such as pine shavings on the floor, and they are allowed perches and nest boxes to lay their eggs.  However, they may still be at close quarters with many other hens..just not in cages.

Free-Range Eggs

Free-range eggs are laid from hens that have the opportunity to go outside. Smaller farms may keep birds outside under a canopy area. They may travel in and out of a barn at free will or spend some portion of their day roaming outdoors. Free range however does not imply that the hens were fed any differently than on normal commercial/caged farms so they can still be fed the same animal-derived byproducts or GMO   crops as in other non-organic farms. 

Organic Eggs

Organic eggs are laid from hens that may be kept in any kind of caging system, but generally are cage free. They eat an organic feed and don’t receive vaccines or antibiotics. Genetically engineered crops are not permitted, and hens must be maintained without hormones, antibiotics, and other intrusive drugs. 
However, what’s even better is when these hens are grass fed as this makes their nutritional content vastly superior to the other types of rearing. Studies report higher levels of Vitamin A and E and a increased proportion of the healthy omega-3 fats. 

So ideally the types of eggs we want are organic grass fed free range which you can easily find in farmers markets. Generally the supermarket eggs are of a lower standard so support the local community and buy local. You’ll be healthier for it and it’s certainly worth the extra £1 or so for the massive amount of flavour you get from these superior eggs.