You don’t know what you’ll find when you crack open an egg. Basically, we all hope that nothing unusual will come out of it, but one thing that’s often ignored is the color of the yolk. Sure, it’s supposed to be yellowish, but are we paying enough attention to just how yellow our egg yolks are? Findings tell that this detail may reveal more than you think.
As the video below demonstrates, the color of an egg’s yolk will often vary based on where it came from. It’s true that the egg yolk’s color is a direct consequence of the nutrients that the hen was fed, and as such, will dictate just what it is you’re consuming too.


According to the Broad Ripple Farmers Market, the darker your yolk is, the more nutrients it contains. Note the healthier, more varied diet that free-range hens are offered, containing not only corn and grain but also the occasional bug and vegetable is the major cause behind this. Factory farms that supply supermarkets with eggs tend to only feed their hens grain, heavily limiting their diet – and ours in turn. these lighter yellow yolks are not exactly harmful per se, yet they are much less effective at delivering the nutrients you’re expecting to ingest.
SFGate shares a story that explains what you can find in free-range eggs compared to factory farm products. Meaning, the varied diets has much more vitamin A, which is excellent for bone and eye strength; vitamin E, which promotes circulation and prevents oxidation; and omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Not to mention, free-range eggs also contain a lot less saturated fat and cholesterol than factory farm eggs, making them better in every way — except perhaps price, according to SFGate. A worthy expense, wouldn’t you say?
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