Healthy Chickens Hatch Success

NEW JERSEY - Which came first, the chicken or the low-fat, low-cholesterol egg?

At Eggland's Best Inc., the company's healthier eggs start with hens fed a carefully controlled vegetarian diet, patented under the unwieldy title, "Egg Compatible With Cholesterol Reducing Diet and Method of Producing the Same."

Compared with regular eggs, Eggland's have 25 percent less saturated fat, 15 percent less cholesterol and several times more vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which both are believed to reduce risk of heart disease and other disorders. Eggland's eggs, introduced in 1992, also contain more of the essential mineral iodine and lutein, an antioxidant thought to boost the immune system and help prevent cancer and the eye disorder macular degeneration.

"The good things we're better on and the bad things we're lower on. The perfect food just became more perfect," said Eggland's president and chief executive officer, Charlie Lanktree.

"This is a really special product and it has science to back it up," added Lanktree, whose enthusiasm for his wares rivals that of chicken magnate Frank Perdue.

Source: Sun
calendar icon 3 April 2006
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