Did you know that the color of an egg yolk says a lot about the health of the chicken who laid it?
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 yolk is actually in dark orange!
In USA, 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. What is the reason for this? Geez n’ crackers! It took me 30 years to discover an egg from a healthy chicken. That’s crazy!
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.
And 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. So obviously, 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.
As an afterthought, it is very much apparent now that all pastured egg is better for you. Therefore, give your mother hens plenty of fresh greens to increase the lutein content of their yolks. The darker the green the better!