Egg has become one of our fore-front foods during breakfast. Whether you like your eggs fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled, a better egg always makes a better breakfast. But the question is, how sure are you that the eggs that you are serving and eating is good?
Enumerated are the list of things that you need to remember when picking and buying eggs whether on a local farm or a grocery store.
o Shell thickness and density: An egg should be fairly difficult to crack if it’s really healthy. The richer a chicken’s diet and the greater its overall health, the stronger the shells of its eggs.
o Yolk color: Chicken egg yolks should be orange, not light yellow or yellow—the deeper the color, the better. Check out a few different eggs to compare colors.
o Yolk thickness: You should also look at the thickness of the egg yolk when determining the quality of an egg. Yolks from healthy chickens tend to be thicker and rounder. This means better taste and more nutrients.
How to have a Nutritious Egg?
Then there is the familiar question of “Which comes first? The Chicken or an Egg?”. For this topic, the answer is chicken. Why? Because a healthy chicken has access to a variety of foods and eats whatever it needs. The nutrients enjoyed by a well-fed chicken are passed on to their eggs. To get these nutrients, a chicken must have access to free space to move and fresh air. A chicken locked in a tiny hatch for its entire life simply will not have the same quality of eggs as free-range chickens.
Moreover, Research backs up the importance of good nutrition in chickens. A report from the Oxford Journal notes that increasing a chicken’s intake of beta carotene increases the amount of beta carotene that is in its eggs while The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry claims that increasing DHA levels in a chicken’s diet affected the omega-3 fatty acids found in its eggs.
So the search for the healthiest egg is on. Now your next question maybe “Where Can I find Such Eggs?”
Well, you have several options. Here are some:
1. You can raise a poultry of your own.
This will help you make sure that what you are raising and eating is healthy. Moreover, you will be able to determine the type of food your chicken eats.
2. Look for a local poultry and check their chickens.