Nowadays in the shops and markets we are surrounded with too many unhealthy products and it is quite difficult to pick out the healthy products.
In this article we are going to discuss about the choice and confusion whether we are eating yolks from healthy or unhealthy chicken. You all know that chicken eggs vary in size, color of the shell and yolk. Most of the time if an egg is coming from the family farm, the yolk is always with darker color and it is thicker.
Probably you have noticed that in the United States all the eggs that can be bought at the local supermarket are yellow. Regardless of the type of the eggs, whether they are organic, vegetarian, cheap or expensive, all eggs are yellow and the yolk is not as thick. The reason behind this might be that we area eating eggs from unhealthy chicken.
Orange yolks represent eggs that are coming from healthy chicken. Also, the eggshell is much denser and harder to crack, eggs are thicker and fuller.
There are few reasons for the orange color of the egg. First of all is the xanthophyll, omega – 3 acids and meats. To be more precise, xanthophyll is yellow pigment that comes from a class of carotenoids. Carotenoids are natural plant pigments that are 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. In fact, beta – carotene provides for yolks nutritionally, rather than its color. The carotenoids that cause deeper yolk coloring are xanthophylls, which are more readily absorbed in the yolks.
For example, lutein is one such xanthophyll, and a lot of lutein means the yolk will have more orange color. By being omnivores, chickens are eating mostly insects, or some even small rodents.
Additionally, canthophylls can be found in dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, broccoli, zucchini and Brussel’s sprouts. When it comes to omega – 3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in flax seeds and sea kelp. To sum up, when you have all of these sources incorporated into a hen’s healthy diet, the nutrients they consume are passed on to their eggs and concentrated in their yolks. According to the latest studies, pastured eggs contain higher than usual levels of vitamins A, D and E, beta – carotene and omega – 3s.
Should you decide to raise some on your own, we offer you these tips.
Our advice is to make small garden and planting amaranth, collards, broccoli and kale. Remember that greener plants are better choice. It is a fact that green plants are increasing the lutein in their yolks. If it’s the middle of winter and your garden greens are lacking, you can feed them alfalfa. The best about chicken is that they are quite useful at the end of the season. In case if your garden becomes infested with insects and small rodents you can let the chickens clean up those plants from insects before you pull them out for your compost pile.
After the whole process you can buy some eggs from the store and compare it with the yolks from your eggs. We guarantee that you will be surprised by the differenceit is huge.
We can conclude that when it comes to yolks, the color is determined by a hen’s diet, not its breed or the freshness of the egg. Hen diets that are heavy in yellow corn, green plants, alfalfa and other plants rich with xanthophyll’s pigment will produce a darker yolk.