What Came First The Egg Or The Additive?
When it comes to organically grown and homegrown foods, there is a consistency in their nature that you can come to both understand and trust. Shapes, sizes, and colors of homegrown products tend to stay rather homogenous. In the same way, eggs that come freshly sourced, from the farm for example, also tend to also have their own distinct sizes, shapes, and colors; this is what farmers use to rely on to know whether an egg is good and healthy, bad and sick, or tainted and rotten. So how can we as unassuming customers know when our local supermarkets offerings of eggs are healthy, grown organically, raised on the proper diets, and selected with the proper care? (Continued Below)
If you were to take a poll to find out what color people thought eggs should be, the answer you would probably end up getting is “yellow.” Yet, according to the blog Garden Betty, “egg yolks should be a bright, bold orange, and those bright, bold orange yolks are a sign of a happy, healthy hen.” When Betty, ended up comparing her locally home grown eggs, to typical store bought eggs the difference was extreme and clear. “Not only were the yolks from my homegrown eggs darker, but also fuller and thicker. Even the eggshells were denser and harder to crack.”
That being the case, why is it then that homegrown eggs tend to be more of a rich orange while store bought eggs are generally yellow in color? Well, the reason has to do with a few factors. Reason number one has to do with what they eat.
Chickens are naturally omnivores, whydontyoutrythis.com explains,”their healthiest diets include meats, such as mealworms, beetles, grasshoppers, grubs, and whatever creepy-crawly they can pull out of the ground.” This means that naturally, chickens aren’t supposed to be fed completely vegetarian diets- which many supermarkets sources tend to be.
Reason number two is beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, though it is a common thought that it has something to do with the orange coloring of the eggs from it’s associate it with carrots; but the fact is that they benefit the egg yolks nutritionally rather than colorfully.
Reason number 3 is in keeping the hens pasteured. Allowing chickens to roam freely rather than being trapped in cages. “In a recent study by Pennsylvania State University, pastured eggs contain higher levels of vitamins A, D, and E; along with more beta-carotene and more omega-3’s. All of these together make up the most happy healthy, and sickness free eggs you can buy.
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