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Omega 3 Eggs and Poultry Feed 

Because the typical western diet is high in omega-6 linoleic acid and low in omega-3 fatty acids, experts recommend replacing some omega-6 fatty acids with those from the omega-3 family. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the parent compound of the omega-3 fatty acid family. It is called an “essential” fatty acid because it is required in the diet and humans can not manufacture it. An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids is the omega-3 enriched egg derived from hens fed flaxseed.

In recent years flaxseed has been incorporated into laying hen rations because research has proven that egg yolk lipids can be influenced through dietary fat. Specifically, omega-3 fatty acids in the yolk can be enriched by adding flaxseed to laying hen diets.

One large omega-3 enriched egg contains about 7 to 10 times more omega-3 fatty acids than a regular large egg and provides nearly half the optimal ALA daily intake level.

Adding flaxseed to broiler diets also increases the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in poultry meat. Feeding flaxseed changes the pattern of fatty acid composition in broiler meat in a very similar manner to the way egg yolk fatty acid composition is altered by feeding flaxseed to layers.  

 

The following is a list of companies that produce omega-3 enriched eggs:

Egg Innovations
3420 Hwy. W.
Port Washington, WI 53074
Tel: 262-284-1619
Fax: 262-284-9333
www.egginnovations.com
 
Eggland's Best, Inc.

1400 S Trooper Rd., Suite 201

Jeffersonville, PA 19403
Tel: 610-265-7500
Fax: 610-265-8380

www.egglandsbest.com

 
Giving Nature Foods
16 S. State Street
Newtown, PA 18940
Tel: 215-860-9820
Fax: 215-860-9827
www.givingnaturefoods.com
 
Chino Valley Ranchers
5611 Peck Road
Arcadia, California 91006
Tel: 800-354-4503
www.chinovalleyranchers.com