Eggs are simple to cook, inexpensive and at same time very nutritious which makes them perfect food. They are very rich source of protein and also contain many vitamins and minerals too.
Egg white is about 85-90% water, 10-12% protein and under 1% carbs, fats and minerals. One whole egg, medium size, contains 6 grams of high-quality protein, as well as all 9 essential amino acids. The fats which are present in the protein are polyunsaturated and therefore are not harmful. Being rich in minerals and vitamins, eggs are important food for healthy diet.
Eggs are good for the eyes. One egg per day reduces the chance of degeneration of the eye muscles. Also, due to aforementioned antioxidants which are present in the egg, they reduce the risk of cataracts. The yolk on other hand, contains protein called colline, which contributes to the health of the nervous system, brain and as well for healthy cells. Eggs are also one of the best sources of vitamin D that is essential for absorption of phosphorus, which is the second most important mineral in bones and teeth. Being rich in minerals and vitamins, eggs strengthen your nails and hair too.
But, will you know the difference between natural and healthy egg vs an unhealthy one? Many people don’t know or until this moment never even thought about what kind of eggs they consume and where those eggs come from, from what kind of chickens they are or how those chickens are feed and so on. When you go shopping and buy carton of eggs, beside the coding on the egg carton, every egg carton have a labels on which you can see more information for the food you are buying.
When in comes for inside of the eggs, colour of the egg yolk depends from the quality of feed. Egg yolk colour may range from pale yellow to deep orange hue. Today’s poultry farming include carefully balanced feed and vitamins and minerals which are required for good health of the chickens and yolk of those eggs is usually yellow while egg yolk from homegrown eggs have a darker colour or orange. That is also because commercial chicken breeders usually use a breed that lays more white eggs due to return of investment. Keep in mind that yolk color don’t prove nothing. Egg color mostly depends on the breed of chicken and from the way they are kept and feed, but yolk color is also an indicator of the hen’s diet.
Dark Orange Yolk
This eggs are probably from the healthiest chicken. This chickens are kept on free-range farms, farms that provide natural feed. This type of farms provide natural terrain where chickens are feed with all the original and natural nutrition that mother nature provides. These yolks are especially rich in xanthophylls and carotenoids like lutein and are loaded with many nutrients and antioxidants. This yolk has higher levels of vitamins A, D and E and more beta-carotene and omega-3. The fed that this chickens have is based on their healthiest diets which include grass and insects such as mealworms, grasshoppers, beetles etc.
Pale Yellow Yolk
This eggs usually comes from commercial chicken farms, a farms that use breads which lay more white eggs. Beside that this chickens are hatched from incubators and live in terrible conditions compared to natural fed farms, they are feed with crumbles, pellets and mash.
Light Orange Yolk
Eggs from chickens kept in large farms where hen’s diet is based on grains and plant material without protein food. Due to no protein in hen’s diet, yolks are lighter in colour and thicker.
Bottom line is that yolk color can’t prove much, but for sure can tell you which egg is healthier. Simple, darker egg yolk has much more nutritional benefits, so darker yolk means more healthier and more flavorful egg.