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Healthier Eggs Come From Chickens Whose Diet Is Low In Omega-6 Fatty Acids

August 1, 2011: 10:38 AM EST
Hens fed a diet low in omega-6 fatty acids from a young age produce eggs that cause less oxidative damage in the human body, according to a study by Israeli scientists. Eggs high in omega-6 fatty acids increase cholesterol's tendency to oxidize, forming dangerous plaque in arteries. But eggs laid by hens who eat healthier feed can lessen oxidation of LDL (low density lipoprotein), or "bad cholesterol." Participants in the study who ate two high antioxidant, low omega-6 eggs daily experienced LDL oxidation levels similar to a control group that ate only two to four eggs a week. A key impediment to finding these healthier eggs is production costs: feed containing products high in omega-6 fatty acids is much cheaper for egg producers to purchase.
"Can Eggs Be a Healthy Breakfast Choice?", Press release, American Friends of Tel Aviv University, August 01, 2011, © American Friends of Tel Aviv University
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