I'm doing a little food experiment this morning. You have three guesses to pick which egg is from Walmart, and which egg is a farm-fresh egg from the farmers' market (and the first 2 guesses don't count, as we say in our house!):
I'm really stunned at the difference in these eggs. Farm-fresh eggs have darker, richer yolks. They have MUCH more flavor. And note the difference in the structure of the eggs -- the fresh egg has much more of the firm white - amazing! And (interestingly enough), if the yolk of each egg is broken lightly, you can see below how the flimsy Walmart egg runs more, but the farm-fresh one holds its shape better.
From reading Jo-Lynne's blog, I'm becoming more interested in buying fresher foods, and more healthy foods. And now Adam (my resident researcher!) has gotten into it. He found this website, where you can look up the name of ANY ADDITIVE found in any food sold in America, and discover all about that additive. Some of them are known cancer-causers!
He also was reading studies from the publication that is the British equivalent of the AMA. (I forget its name - the Lancet?) Did you know that 1 out of 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer? Did you know that the number of children diagnosed with peanut allergies DOUBLED from 1997 to 2002? In recent years, allergies, asthma, cancer, alzheimers, and many other illnesses, have sky-rocketed. Many people wonder if the harmful additives in our food are at least partially to blame.
So, if fresh, non-additive foods taste better, work better, and are healthier, why do we still buy the other? Convenience? Price? Hopefully Americans will begin to make healthier choices in what they eat.
For one, I'm going to hunt down an organic chicken!