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Which One Of These Egg Yolks Is From A Healthy Chicken

The healthiest egg yolks you can find are actually a deep dark shade of orange. You can learn a lot about a chicken based on the color of the yolk in the eggs they produce. In the United States all the eggs that can be bought at our local supermarket are yellow. Organic, vegetarian or cheap; they are all yellow and the yolk is not as thick. A recent Pennsylvania State University study showed that eggs from pastured (free ranging) chickens contained higher levels of vitamins A, D and E; more beta-carotene; and more omega-3s.

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Egg Yolks

Our society’s bias against saturated fat and cholesterol has become so strong that we often forget that in nature those are the exact foods where the most nutrients are found. Egg yolks are no different. They contain 100% of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin found in the egg. They also contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Compared to the yolk, the white doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of nutrients. The gg white contains more protein than the yolk, but it’s only because the yolk is smaller. Furthermore, we know that protein really should only consist of about 15 to 30% of our caloric intake, with the bulk of the rest coming from healthy animal fats. It doesn’t make much sense to seek out sources of proteins without fat and protein alone depletes stores of vitamin A. Mother nature is wise though and put fat around most sources of animal protein in nature.

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