Introduction
Main Benefits
Nutritional Information
How the Naturegg Omega 3 egg is
produced
The research behind Naturegg Omega 3
Omega-3: An important dietary
fatty acid
Recommended Omega-3 intake
Consumer Benefits
Consumer Uses
Microwave Cooking Instructions


Naturegg Omega 3 is a nutritionally-enhanced egg for people looking for natural foods with more essential nutrients. While all eggs are nutritious, all-natural and offer a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, Naturegg Omega 3 eggs also provide an additional source of omega-3 fatty acids. To produce these eggs, our chickens eat an all-natural, flax-based diet that was developed by researchers at the University of Guelph.

Nutrition Recommendations for Canadians states that omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for the maintenance of general health, normal growth and development. Best of all, consumer testing has shown that Naturegg Omega 3 eggs have the same great taste and cooking versatility so unique to regular eggs.


Per 1 large egg (53 g)
Source of omega-3 polyunsaturates
75 mg of DHA omega-3 fatty acids
Provides a minimum of 20 % of the recommended daily intake of total omega-3 polyunsaturates (8 times more than regular large eggs)
Produced by hens fed an all-natural, flax-based diet with added vitamin E
Appealing bright golden yolk
Premium quality and freshness
Feeding a chicken flaxseed, which contains an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids, modifies the fat in the yolk of her eggs to contain more of these good omega-3 fats, and less saturated fat and omega-6 fatty acids. So you need not be concerned that there is anything unnatural about these eggs. The eggs are all-natural, nutritious and they taste great too!
For many years, researchers at the University of Guelph worked hard to develop a feed formula for chickens that would increase the omega-3 content of their eggs without sacrificing the taste of the eggs. After the proper feed ration was developed for the birds, the eggs they produced had to be tested for the effect they would have on people. Burnbrae Farms collaborated with these researchers, providing them with financial support which enables us to provide consumers with eggs that meet their nutrition and lifestyle needs.
In 1990, Health and Welfare Canada recognized that Canadians were eating too much saturated fat - a major risk factor in the development of heart disease. It was at this time that they first made the recommendation for consumers to balance their fat intake to include more foods containing essential omega-3 fatty acids. As stated by registered dietitian Randy Meltzer, "Imbalances in fat intake may be responsible for many chronic disorders", and it was becoming obvious that we Canadians are not eating enough of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, Nutrition Recommendations state that the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids should range between 4:1 and 10:1, and that our diet is currently too high in omega-6 fatty acids and saturated fat. As a result of these findings, Health Canada made regulations for omega-3 labeling in 1994, and we started working on the launch of the Omega 3 egg.

Health Canada recommends levels of intake for omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for people of all ages. For adults between 25 and 49 years old, these are 1500 mg of total omega-3 polyunsaturates per day for men and 1100 mg per day for women. See the chart below for other age classes. Nutrition Recommendations for Canadians also states that omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for the maintenance of general health, normal growth and development. Dietary sources of omega-3 polyunsaturates are especially important because essential nutrients, by definition, cannot be formed by the body; they must come from food. Two Naturegg Omega 3 eggs provide a minimum of 40% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

To learn more about omega-3 in your diet ...click here.

Summary of Recommended Nutrient Intakes: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturates

Age
Sex n-3 PUFAa (g)
n-6 PUFA a (g) 
Months
0-4
Both
0.5
3
Years 5-12 Both 0.5 3
  1 Both 0.6 4
  2-3 Both 0.7 4
  4-6 Both 1.0 6
  7-9 M
F
1.2
1.0
7
6
  10-12 M
F
1.4
1.2
8
7
  13-15 M
F
1.5
1.2
9
7
  16-18 M
F
1.8
1.2
11
7
  19-24 M
F
1.6
1.2
10
7
  25-49 M
F
1.5
1.1b
9
7b
  50-74 M
F
1.3
1.1b
8
7b
  75+ M
Fc
1.1
1.1b
7
7b
Pregnancy
(Additional)
1st Trimester   0.05 0.3
  2nd Trimester   0.16 0.9
  3rd Trimester   0.16 0.9
Lactation
(Additional)
    0.25 1.5

a. n-3 PUFA = omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, n-6 PUFA = omega-6 polyunsaturated fats
b. Level below which intake should not fall
c. Assumes moderate (more than average) physical activity

Table taken from Health & Welfare Canada (1990), "Nutrition Recommendations,The Report of the Scientific Review Committee".

Canada's Food Guide recommends 2 eggs as a Food Guide Serving from the Meat and Alternatives food group.

Each two egg serving of Naturegg Omega 3 provides 40% RDI of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. For consumers looking to introduce more omega-3 fatty acids into their diet, Naturegg Omega 3 shell eggs are an excellent alternative to fish.

Naturegg Omega 3 is also available in three sizes, 6-pack medium, 12 and 18 pack large shell eggs and there is a choice between brown and white omega 3 eggs.

Naturegg Omega 3 can be used anywhere regular shell eggs are used.
See recipes at www.eggs.ca.
Sprinkle a little salt into a microwave-safe custard cup or ramekin. Crack an egg into the cup and use a fork to prick an "X" into the yolk. Cover with a lid or plate. Cook on MED-HIGH for 40 seconds for a semi-soft cooked egg or 45 seconds for a hard cooked egg.

Tip: Position yolks in the centre of the cup for even cooking.

NOTE: Microwave ovens may vary in power. The microwave used for these tests was 1200 W.