When you crack an egg, there’s no telling what you’ll find. Of course, as a general expectation, you hope that nothing unusual will come out of it. One thing that has been usually ignored when inspecting the contents of a freshly cracked egg is the color of the yolk. Well, as we all know it, yolks are supposed to be yellowish in color, but if you really pay enough attention, you may find some egg yolks color sometimes has a different shade of yellow or somewhat orange in tint. One may ask, does it really matter? Recent findings indicate this detail reveals more than you think.
The video below shows that the color of the yolk of an egg often varies on where it came from. This means that the color of the yolk is directly related to the nutrients the hen has taken in and it also dictates just what you are consuming too.
The darker the yolk, the more nutrients it contains as clarified by the Broad Ripple Farmers Market. Free-range hens have a more varied diet containing not only grain and corn but also occasional insects and vegetable, thus, lays eggs that are healthier and full of nutrients. On the other hand, most eggs bought in supermarkets usually come from factory farms where hens are fed with grains only. This makes their diet limited – and ours in turn. Although not harmful in any way, yolks of lighter yellow color are much less effective in supplying the nutrients you’re expecting to ingest.
You can also find further explanations regarding free-range chickens compared to factory farm products in this SFGate story. Varied diets contain far more vitamin E, which promotes circulation and prevents oxidation; vitamin A, which is excellent for bone and eye strength; and omega-3 fatty acids, which lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Moreover, free-range chicken eggs also contain much less cholesterol and saturated fats than factory farm eggs according to SFGate, making them better in every aspect – except perhaps with the price. But it’s a worthy expense, right?
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