Special Diets

Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs are great options for many of the most popular special diets out there. Whether you are trying to stay gluten free, or you’re going for the Whole30, you can rely on our eggs to be a nutritious source of protein for any meal. We’ve provided a bit of information on each of the latest diets that our eggs are compatible with, and the list is always growing!

pasture raised eggs for special diets

Gluten Free Diet

Gluten Free products have become more readily available due to the increase in allergies and sensitivities to the protein. Luckily for Vital Farms customers, our eggs were gluten free before it was cool. To be gluten-free, you must avoid all forms of the protein gluten. Gluten is commonly found in various grains, such as wheat, rye, barley and triticale. These grains are a common ingredient in many starch-based products, so finding gluten free options can be difficult. Chicken diets often don’t include these forms of grains as their feed, but if they were, the proteins break down to a point where it wouldn’t impact a human.

Although most chickens don’t have gluten based diets, certain farms have been known to have cross-contamination. Due to our open pasture and free range living, there is no cross contamination of gluten through our ladies.

Sources:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-eat-eggs-glutenfree-caseinfree-diet-9869.html

https://www.verywell.com/are-eggs-gluten-free-562813

https://www.glutenfreeliving.com/gluten-free-foods/diet/eggs-gluten-free-diet/

 

Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet, or “keto”, comes from the fact that the body produces small fuel molecules called “ketones.” The diet is based around eating few carbs and a moderate amount of protein. Eggs are an excellent source of protein for this diet because of the many nutritional benefits compared to most meat products. The diet leads to the act of ketosis in the body. The fastest way to reach ketosis is fasting, but obviously, you can’t fast forever. The benefits of ketosis are not only weight loss, but a change in hunger patterns and a steady energy supply.

Our eggs are also a great source because the vegetarian feed is low in carbs. And beyond our ladies eating habits, eggs are an exceptional source of protein. A large reason people begin keto diets beyond weight loss is for diabetes. Eggs are great for diabetics due to the many benefits, such as higher Vitamin E, Omega-3, Iodine and Letein. It’s a high protein product with low carbs.

A popular ketogenic practice is the 5 days of egg fast. If you plan to take part in a 5 day egg fast, consider our Vital Farms eggs!

Sources:

https://www.ruled.me/ketogenic-diet-food-list/

http://www.mysweetketo.com/5-days-egg-fast/

 

Paleo Diet 

The Paleo diet is based around this central idea: “If a caveman can’t eat it, neither can you”. This means that your diet consists of foods that could be hunted or gathered, such as meats, fish, regional vegetation and seeds. Lucky for people practicing the paleo diet, our ladies are paleo too! Since our chickens are pasture raised, they not only eat the vegetarian feed we supply, but they also forage for insects like their ancestors did. Our ladies are paleo approved and hormone free.

Therefore, our eggs can be a great source of protein for a paleo diet, and also a great way to switch up your diet and keep it creative. If you’re thinking about trying out the paleo diet, be sure to have a carton of our Vital Farms eggs on hand at all times.

Sources:

https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/

https://ultimatepaleoguide.com/are-eggs-paleo/

 

Whole30 Diet

The Whole30 program by Melissa Hartwig is based around eating food that has limited, or basically one ingredient. This leads to eating an increased amount of unprocessed foods and avoiding additional sugar, grains, and dairy. The diet is based on a meal of moderate meat, seafood and eggs, lots of vegetables, and some fruit. Since the diet focuses on limited ingredients, our eggs are a great option! While you are focused on completing this 30-day goal, make sure the eggs you eat come from a reliable source like Vital Farms. Our ladies are pasture raised, so they have free range of our property. This includes the ability to forage for insects and grass as their ancestors did. It’s hard to do 30 day programs, so having a reliable source of protein form a trusted source is a must!

Sources:

https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/

  

Anti-Inflammatory (Tom Brady Diet)

The Anti-Inflammatory diet, popularized by Tom Brady, is a strict diet based around eating lean meat, whole gains, leafy greens and omega-3 rich fatty fish. Basically, when taking part in an anti-inflammatory diet, you must stay away from all foods that cause inflammation, such as tomatoes, night shades, sugar, and highly processed foods. The list can get fairly complicated, and there are many foods that you may think are “healthy” that can cause inflammation. Luckily, there are many great anti-inflammatory guidelines out there that can help you stay on track.

For those taking part in this diet, rest assured that our eggs can stay with you as you go through the process! Compared to conventional eggs, pasture raised eggs contain 2 times the omega-3 fatty acids. While taking part in this rigorous diet, rest assured that Vital Farms pasture raised eggs are a reliable source of omega-3.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/anti-inflammatory-diet-road-to-good-health#1

http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/nutrition/why-tom-bradys-diet-works-20160115