What are fortified eggs?

Updated July 20, 2017

Fortified eggs are enriched with nutrients that aren't generally native to the eggs. Manufacturers add DHA, Vitamin E, PUFAs and folate to the feed of chickens to enhance the nutrient content of their eggs. There is some debate over whether or not this is benefits human health. Bodybuilders and fitness professionals have long used eggs as a good source of protein but fortified eggs can be a good source of other nutrients, too.

DHA Enriched

Before the advent of mass agriculture in the 1960s, eggs already possessed Omega-3 essential fatty acids. More than half of Americans now don't get enough of the fatty acide DHA in their daily diet because they don't like the taste of fish, the main regular source. Tim Luberski, founder and president of Hidden Villa Ranch, manufacturers of Gold Circle Farms eggs, says, "So now, instead of trying to eat fish twice a week, you can have a couple of omelettes made with DHA omega-3 eggs and get the same benefits without the potential risks."

Flaxseed Enriched

Flaxseed is the non-animal form of omega-3 fatty acid and is one of the nutritional supplements added to chicken feed. Flaxseed supplementation to the diets of hens increases the omega-3 fatty acid content of eggs more than 600 per cent over that of regular eggs. Eating just two fortified eggs can provide the full daily requirement of omega-3 fatty acids.

Vitamin E Enriched

Egg producers also add vitamin E to flaxseed in chicken feed to keep the flaxseed stable. This can result in the vitamin E content of fortified eggs being as much as eight times higher than that of regular eggs. It is also worth noting that many people find the taste of vitamin E enriched eggs to be superior to regular eggs.

Folate Enriched

Doubling the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of folate in the aged will improve short-term memory, mental agility and verbal fluency, according to a three-year trial led by Dr. Jane Durga that ended in 2007. In view of the wide range of roles that folate plays in human health, coupled with concerns over the use of synthetic folic acid, folate fortification in eggs can ensure optimum folate intake for all segments of society.

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