Omega 3 eggs such as Columbus and Goldenlay are becoming increasingly popular, as we learn more and more about the wonders of omega 3 for health. But does this mean that you can ditch the oily fish and eat omega 3 eggs instead? Read on to help you decide whether omega 3 eggs are healthy or hype.
What are omega 3 eggs?
They are simply eggs that have been laid by chickens fed on a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids. The chickens are fed with flaxseed (also called linseed), which is rich in alpha linolenic acid (a type of omega 3), and this affects the nutritional content of the egg yolks.
How much omega 3 is in the eggs?
An omega 3 egg is claimed to provide around 1/4 – 1/3 of our daily recommended amount of long-chain omega 3. This is three to six times the amount found in regular eggs but we would still need to eat three or four omega 3 eggs every day to get our recommended amount of omega 3! Whilst eggs are a healthy, protein-rich food this quanitity would be excessive by anyone’s standards.
How much do they cost?
Nowadays most supermarkets stock omega 3 eggs and the price is around £1.65 for six eggs. So not massively more than regular free range eggs.
I am convinced that most of us could benefit from consuming more omega 3 and I really don’t like the idea of having to take a supplement. I eat oily fish fairly regularly but I probably don’t have it every week, so I think I might as well boost my omega 3 sources when I eat eggs. For the little extra price I know I am getting a little more omega 3 so I will continue to buy omega 3 eggs and my verdict is health not hype!