Egg Carton Labels: What do they mean?

Hi wellness friends,

Is it just me, or have you also been bombarded with buzzwords when you’re cruising down the egg aisle? Cage-free, organic, pastured..what do these terms mean? Which eggs are the healthiest ones to buy? And which labels are flat out meaningless?

I put together this guide to help answer some of these questions.

Take a close look! Like me, you might be surprised to find how misleading some of these labels are!

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Egg Labels

Final thoughts:

The best eggs you can buy are pastured organic eggs from local farms. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. Pastured means that the hens laying the eggs are raised on pasture. This means they have access to fresh air, sunlight, and are able to roam around and engage in their natural behaviors. This also means that they are fed their natural diet which includes protein in the form of insects. (You read that correctly, chickens are not naturally vegetarians!)  Tests have shown that pastured eggs are much healthier (higher Vitamin A, Vitamin E, beta carotene, and omega-3 content) than those that are not pastured. For a farm near you, visit
  2. Organic eggs are free of antibiotics and pesticides.
  3. Eggs from local farms afford you the ability to both research and ask questions about the welfare of the animals. Plus you are supporting your local economy.

A quick note on meaningless labels:

Terms like “Fertile” and “Natural” are virtually meaningless. They are unregulated terms and tell us nothing about the welfare of the animal (how it was raised, what it was fed). If it’s natural, it must be good for you, right? Nope. I wish it were that simple.

The next time you’re in the egg aisle, don’t be fooled by some of the appealing buzzwords that are thrown at you!

Love and light,