• Which One Of These Egg Yolks Is From A Healthy Chicken

  • We all know that eggs are a good source of vitamins A, D, E and K but did you know which one is healthier?  Do you actually know what color the yolk of an egg should be? Check out the article we found over at Organic Health.

    Despite what most consumers like visually about an egg yolk, the healthiest yolk you can find isn’t bright yellow. It’s not even a dark yellow.

    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.

    So why are pastured chicken’s eggs healthier? Mainly because, most people don’t realize that chickens are not meant to be vegetarians. They are actually omnivores, no matter what your premium carton of organic/grain-fed/cage-free eggs tells you of their diet. When you have all of the components of a healthy hen’s diet, the nutrients they consume are passed on to their eggs and concentrated in their yolks.

    From Garden Betty… Last year, I compared my pasture-foraging, insect-pecking, soil-scratching, whole grain-feeding chickens’ yolks to the yolks of both their “free-ranging” and factory-farmed counterparts. The are clearly visible: Yolks from my homegrown eggs were not only darker orange, but also fuller and thicker. Even the eggshells were denser and harder to crack. But what’s the big deal about orange yolks? Besides being a coveted color, orange yolks are an indication of a well balanced and highly nutritious diet. A few things factor into the making of an orange yolk: xanthophylls, omega-3 fatty acids, and meats. Xanthophylls are a class of carotenoids. Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in many fruits and vegetables. It’s often thought that beta-carotene, one of the more well-known carotenoids, is responsible for giving yolks the orange pigment that people associate with carrots. But in actuality, beta-carotene benefits yolks nutritionally, rather than colorfully. The carotenoids that cause deeper yolk coloring are xanthophylls, which are more readily absorbed in the yolks. (Lutein is one such xanthophyll, and a lot of lutein means a lot more orange.) Xanthophylls are found in dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards, as well as in zucchini, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in flax seeds and sea kelp.

    So if you want the most out of your eggs, the real solution is to raise your own chickens. If you’re going to buy eggs, skip the store, and head to the farmer’s market. Get to know your farmer, and the diet of the chickens producing the eggs you intend to eat.

     

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