Omega 3 and eggs?

by (19504) Updated August 26, 2011 at 6:18 PM Created August 21, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I have some eggs today that say 300 mg Omega3 per/egg. Fine Print says feed flaxseed and provide 75mg DHA?

When I bought them I was thinking 4 eggs * 300mg equals 1.2 Grams of Omega 3. Now I am thinking it is actually much less? Any thoughts?

I usually get my eggs from my neighbor however they only supply a dozen a week...

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4753 · August 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Does it say 300 mg omega 3 or 300 mg omegas? DHA is just one of the EFAs...possibly the one we need the most. Really we can only get sigificant amounts of it from fish.

Anyhoo, maybe chickens are as bad as we re at converting shortchain EFAs, in this case alpha linolenic acid (ALA) into EPA/DHA. It's very possible that these eggs just have a lot of ALA which really isn't all that helpful.

705 · August 22, 2011 at 5:18 AM

I ate eggs like these but stopped because they had brittle shells, pale yolks even in summer and the yolk would very often break. I reasoned that those were symptoms of unhealthy eggs...

Now I just get organic eggs and eat more fish. Marked difference in egg quality.

16 · August 26, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Those eggs have a very healthy amount of omega-3 -- about as much as an egg can have. Two of them will give you .6 grams of omega 3 -- the amount in an equivalent weight of many species of fish. Don't worry that the chickens are fed flax. The hens convert the ALA in that flax to DHA and concentrate it in their eggs for the same reason DHA is concentrated in the breast milk of women: for the brain development of the next generation -- chicks in this case instead of infants.

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