1 large egg (53 g)
- Calories 70
- Fat 5 g 8 %
- Saturated 1.5 g 8 %
- + Trans 0 g
- Polyunsaturated 1 g
- Omega-6 0.8 g
- Omega-3 0.4 g
- Monounsaturated 2 g
- Cholesterol 195 mg
- Sodium 65 mg 3 %
- Carbohydrate 1 g 1 %
- Fibre 0 g
- Sugars 0 g
- Protein 6 g
- Vitamin A 10 %
- Vitamin C 0 %
- Calcium 2 %
- Iron 6 %
- Vitamin D 25 %
- Vitamin E 50 %
- Riboflavin 15 %
- Niacin 8 %
- Vitamin B6 2 %
- Folate 30 %
- Vitamin B12 80 %
- Pantothenate 25 %
- Phosphorus 6 %
- Zinc 8 %
- Selenium 35 %
Naturegg Omega Plus, like our regular Naturegg Omega 3 shell eggs, are nutritionally enhanced eggs for people looking for natural foods with more essential nutrients. While all eggs are nutritious, natural and offer a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, Naturegg Omega Plus eggs also provide an additional source of DHA omega-3 fatty acids and lutein.
Main Benefits and Nutrition Facts
(per 1 large egg 53 g)
- Source of omega-3 polyunsaturates
- 125 mg of DHA omega-3 per single egg serving
- 0.500 mg of lutein per single egg serving
- Provides a minimum of 20 % of the Daily Value of total omega-3 polyunsaturated fats (8 times more than regular large eggs)
- Excellent source of Vitamin D
- Produced by hens fed an all-natural, flax-based diet with a small amount of added fish oil, alfalfa and corn
- Rich yellow yolk colour
- Premium quality and freshness
Omega-3 Fats and Your Health
Omega-3 fats are needed for children’s normal growth and development and to help maintain good health throughout life. Since our bodies cannot make the essential omega-3 fats we need, food sources are an important part of healthy eating.
There are three main types of omega-3 fats in foods:
- ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)
- EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
Most people likely get enough of the essential omega-3 ALA because it is found in many plant foods including nuts and seeds like walnuts and flaxseeds and vegetable oils like canola oil.
It is especially important to focus on getting enough DHA and EPA omega-3s. That’s because many people likely don’t get enough of these long-chain omega-3 fats found in fatty fish like salmon.
Research shows the omega-3 DHA is vital for good health from the very beginning. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA supports the normal physical development of the brain, eyes and nerves primarily in children under two year of age. In establishing the current nutrition recommendations for Canadians, the Institute of Medicine recognized "The developing brain accumulates large amounts of DHA during the pre- and postnatal development and this accumulation continues throughout the first 2 years after birth".1
Dietitians of Canada suggest that healthy adults aim for a daily DHA + EPA omega-3 intake of 500 mg.2
Canada’s Food Guide also recommends two 75 g servings of fatty fish per week to get these Omega-3s.
Since Naturegg Omega-3 eggs are enhanced with DHA, they’re a convenient option to help to fill the gap between intakes and needs.
Learn more about your needs and food sources of omega-3 fats.
1. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, (DC): National Academies Press; 2005. P. 444-5.
2. Kris-Etherton PM and Innis S. Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Dietary Fatty Acids. JADA, 2007; 107(9):1599-1611.
How Omega Plus Eggs are Produced
What hens eat affects the nutritional value of the eggs they produce. Feeding a hen flaxseed, an abundant source of omega-3 fats, naturally modifies the fat in the yolk of her eggs to contain more of these good omega-3 fats, and less saturated fats and omega-6 fats.
To increase the DHA omega-3 in these eggs, we also add a small amount of fish oil to the hens' feed. This produces an egg with 125 mg of DHA omega-3. To ensure that each egg has 0.500 mg of lutein an antioxidant that is also known to help support good health, we include alfalfa and corn in the hens’ diet.
Why Choose Naturegg Omega Plus Eggs
Naturegg Omega Plus, like our regular Naturegg Omega 3 shell eggs 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 Plus eggs also provide additional DHA omega-3 fatty acids and lutein. Each single egg serving of Omega Plus provides 125 mg of DHA omega-3 and 0.500 mg of lutein. Also, each 53 g egg is an excellent source of Vitamin D.
Lutein and Your Health
In addition to providing more DHA omega-3, Naturegg Omega Plus also guarantees that each single egg serving (53 g/large egg) will provide 0.500 mg of lutein more than 3 times a regular egg Lutein is an antioxidant that is important for eye health.
Where there is lutein, there is zeaxanthin and current research shows that together they contribute to maintaining good eye health.
Lutein is found in vegetables and fruits as well as eggs. Lutein acts as a natural antioxidant where it can support and protect healthy cells and their functioning.
Learn more about eye health research on the importance of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Learn more about how good nutrition, including both lutein and omega-3s is important for vision health.
Eating Well with Naturegg Omega Plus Eggs
Naturegg Omega Plus eggs are a great option if you want to include more DHA omega-3 fats in your diet. Each Naturegg Omega Plus egg also provides 0.500 mg of lutein.
Each large Naturegg Omega Plus egg provides 20% of the Daily Value for omega-3 polyunsaturated fats.
It’s good to know Canada's Food Guide recognizes eggs as a nutritious choice for healthy eating. The Food Guide recommends 2 eggs as a Food Guide Serving from the Meat and Alternatives food group.
You can use Naturegg Omega Plus eggs in any recipes or dishes that call for regular shell eggs.