American swimmer with 11 Olympic medals writes about her urban chickens
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Natalie Coughlin became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics.
February 23, 2011
Natalie Coughlin’s Blog
Natalie Anne Coughlin is an American swimmer known for winning 11 Olympic medals.
I’ve always loved eggs. Nearly every meet growing up started with my mom making me my favorite pre-meet meal: fried eggs and rice with soy sauce. Despite what we were told during the late eighties and early nineties, eggs are very healthy. Not only are they a cheap and affordable source of protein, but they are also a great source of lutein, choline, omega-3 fatty acids in addition to a variety of other vitamins and minerals. The cholesterol in eggs is only a problem for those who already have heart troubles or high cholesterol.
Over the past few years I’ve expanded my garden of fruits and vegetables and backyard chickens seemed to be the next logical step in my urban farming adventures. Not only did my husband and I want to raise our own hens, but also we wanted to ensure that the eggs we eat are of the highest quality. Some unscrupulous egg farmers have made headlines the past couple years for unhealthy and unsanitary farming practices, most recently the 500 million egg recall of last August.