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Label-Able: Cage Free

The labels on food today were standardized to make it easier for us to figure out what exactly we are putting into our bodies. The fact is, reading labels is still downright confusing so let FIT make you label-able.
Cage Free is a term we see a lot when buying eggs. Sounds healthy, but is it? To find out,

Cage Free basically means exactly how it sounds. The hens are not kept in cages, but that does not mean they are kept outside or even humanely. Not being caged means that the bird still can engage in its natural behavior, but there is no regulation or audit process for debeaking the birds and forced molting (through starvation).

Fit's Tip: When it comes to animal rights, Cage Free eggs are more humane than ordinary eggs, but when it comes to your health Cage Free eggs do not have any proven health benefits from those of ordinary eggs.

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wynter wynter 10 years
I buy our eggs from the lady down the road. She has chickens running around everywhere, and she always has eggs for sale. I get a dozen eggs for 25 cents from her.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
au revior!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
That is what I read on the net. I think I googled "most contaminated foods" or something like that. And strawberries were number one. The reason is that they are like little sponges- they absorb the pesticides and you can't wash it off. I mean, think of what happens when you sprinkle sugar on them- they absorb it right up. Same thing with the pesticides.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Time for me to's 9:20pm here! Night everyone!! á bientot!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Are you serious??? I love strawberries!!!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
and loaded with sugar.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Peanut Butter is good in moderation. Yes, the protein is good, but it is also very fatty.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Ugh that is disturbing, 3sweeties! I love strawberries
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Start with small's tricky and you're right, it's a lot of work, but when I do it, I choose a Sunday, with my hubby and we try to make it a "date"...sounds lame, I dunno...but I enjoy it! If you use real peanut butter (the kind kids usually hate lol) the cookies will be super nutritious for them! Full of protein and a small amount of carbs for energy!! :D
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
did you know that the number one most contaminated food is strawberries (at least in the US) my daughter loves them, but I only buy them rarely, because the organic ones cost twice as much for half as many! But, they tast a lot better too.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I realy want to start doing some preserving. It makes me a little nervous, because it is a lot of work, and if yuo mess it up, you could actually kill someone! But I want to try it.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
fFr some reason I've never been in love with the flavor of maple. It is overpowering- but my kids would probably like those because they are freaks for peanut butter. My daughter eats a jar just off the spoon in about a week!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
LOL I don't understand the flagging system here!! One thing I started doing is making my own jams with organic fruit and preserving them. That way I know what it is it when I eat it. I'm just so worried about over usage of pesticides, etc. We have a cottage in the Loire valley and once a month I get to buy stuff made fresh from farmer's's wonderful! I keep telling them to have online stores cuz the natural-organic movement is growing but they laugh at me LOL!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
3sweeties, pure maple syrup (like from Canada or Vermont) is also a great way to sweeten things. I make a banana bread with pure maple syrup and it's fantastic and low on added sugars. Also, my favourite cookies are made with pure 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 2 tbs pure vanilla extract and 2 cups rice flour (any flour will do, though). Bake for 10-15 mins at 190C (sorry, don't know the American temp system)That's it...they rock and are loaded with protein and are low in sugars and additives :D
JennaV JennaV 10 years
3Sweeties.....I was a pharmacy tech all through college and a year after I graduated. I liked it alot.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
good grief- I just posted about my GARDEN and it got flagged. I know- gardening- how raunchy.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I also have a garden in the summer for tomatoes (to make sauce- yum!) zucchini, herbs, peppers, etc. But I didn't tend it this year because I had a baby in late May and I was too busy! So this years garden was pathetic.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
We don't have Safeway or Kroger where we live. We live in Southern Maryland, and the best store is Giant (which is where I am a pharmacy tech btw). Giant is beginning to stock more organic things, which is nice.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I shop at the Amish markets a lot down here, we just eat whatever seasonal produce is around, and I use local honey to sweeten things instead of refined sugar whenever I can. I got a list of the most important things to buy organic and try to stick to that. It is expensive, but the more I read, the more I think "I can't feed my kids all that poison!"
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I agree...there markets here in Paris (on weds and sun) are AMAZING!!! The quality of produce and meats is 100% better than the supermarché (grocery store).
DStirk DStirk 10 years
Farmer's Markets are the best! Aren't they? Oh and FYI 3Sweeties, I have seen 'Humane' eggs at Safeway and Krogers, which are just regular run of the mill grocery stores but you have to look for it on the label as its not super easy to see.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Organic food idea: when I lived in Canada I went to a farmer's market and approached a farmer. I asked him if he knew of other people who sold organic foods and free-range chickens. He did and I ended up in a situation where I gave them $30/month for a HUGE box of fresh eggs, veggies and fruit!! Sometimes you have to network to find the good stuff...but it's there! :D
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
where can you find humane eggs? we live in between hicksville and podunk... I am trying to feed my family more organic things- and just make better choices, but it is hard becasue I don't have access to any markets like Wild Oats- like I used to when we lived in the city.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Same here, 3Sweeties. :(
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
That is lame (for the chickens, I mean). I was imagining the chickens running freely around a farm, all happy and plump. boo hoo.
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