Eggs are one of the ideal sources of food rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals that we need. Actually eggs have impressive health credentials too. Eggs are superb to gain vitamin A, selenium, vitamin B5, B12, B2, folate, phosphorus, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin K, zinc and calcium.
However, nowadays there are different types of eggs available in the grocery shops and supermarkets. Among them, chicken eggs are the ones which are raised most in common. Some of the other alternatives include goose, quail and duck eggs.
By the way, do you know the way to compare the differences between a healthy well-bread chicken egg and an unhealthy one which is from a hen which is raised in poor conditions?
Well, one of the features which you can use to recognize the quality of an egg is the colour of its yolk.
Be aware of these few tips which will help you:
- Egg With Dark Orange Yolk
If you find an egg with a dark orange yolk, there’s no doubt about the health of it. This egg comes from a healthy hen that was raised in good conditions. These hens who provide eggs with dark orange yolk roam free in the farm lands, consume a well balanced diet, rich in insects, spiders, crickets, ticks and grasshoppers as well as reach green plants.
As per a study that was conducted by Penn State, eggs which are from pastures hens give more nutritional benefits for us as they are comparatively rich in vitamin A and E plus some fatty acids which are essentially beneficial.
- Egg With Yellow Yolk
These are the common eggs which come from commercial egg factories. The hens in these factories do not have access to their surroundings. These hens are only fed by grains. And also the eggs from them have been hatched from incubators. These caged hens have a limited area to roam with dim light in a room with no windows.
- Egg With Light Orange Yolk
These types of eggs are most common in local groceries. Hens living in chicken farms produce such types of eggs. However the diet of these hens consists of grains though they are in tolerable states. Anyhow, the rule for these farmed hens is as, ‘the more chickens at the farm, the lower their quality.’
Apart from this, the organic eggs too might have light yellow yolks sometimes. This is due to the producers’ attempt to meet the outdoor access requirements of hens for an organic label. Therefore, the producers often let these hens into a small outdoor pen with a cement floor or a ground with dirt.
Obviously, the egg in the first image is the best and the healthiest one of all. You can purchase high quality fresh eggs through the local farms. Additionally, the taste of these eggs too is rather better than the ones from other unhealthy eggs.
Therefore, try to buy more eggs from local farms to enjoy the taste and to gain nutrients in a better way.
Keep in mind to grab the eggs with a label saying “pasture-raised.” Never rely on a range of products such as “free-range”, “organic”, or “vegetarian-fed”.
Organic eggs come from hens which are not fed in a proper manner. These hens are never given antibiotics and they have only eaten organically-grown food which are free of synthetic pesticides and GMOs. Don’t misbelieve that these conditions give them a high standard of life.
Marketing labels such as “age-free” and “free-range” should indicate that their hens have had more space to roam in their living area. But, this isn’t 100% true as farmers still confine their hens with a very little or without access to outdoors.
Therefore, never hesitate to buy eggs with a pasture-raised label, alongside the USDA Organic and Certified Humane labels or the Animal Welfare Approved label on it. Always try to maintain a healthy diet with eggs which are from a hen that has freely roamed, eaten insects, spread the wings and enjoyed its day.
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