Who doesn’t love eggs? It can be boiled, scrambled, cooked, fried, baked and also be eaten for breakfast lunch or dinner. Since eggs are such an important part of our daily meals, it’s really important that we know where they come from and if they are healthy or not! Yes, you may be buying your eggs from the local grocery store or the supermarkets, but what guarantee that they come from healthy chicken and are organic?
You might see some labels on these egg cartons but they pretty much don’t tell if you your eggs are healthy or not.Thankfully, there are some ways to find out where you get the eggs from and opt to buy them from markets or local farms.
All eggs look the same from the outside and you can’t really figure out the difference between a good one and a bad. They all have a white shell, a yolk and probably the same or altered nutrition levels. But what’s important is whether they come from healthy chickens or not. The hen’s diet plays a very important role here.
If the chickens are fed a balanced diet and are free ranging with proper housing, space, air, water and sunlight they eggs are definitely healthier in comparison to the factory farmed eggs. A chicken needs to be fed a healthy meal including some non vegetarian elements like bugs, beetles and insects for the hens to produce, good quality, nutritious eggs. Vegetarian eggs on the other hand, just mean that the chickens are fed just leaves and grains and are known to have lesser nutritional value compared to the other eggs.
So as I was saying, there are some factors to determine if the eggs you are using are healthy or not:
The shell thickness and density
If the shell easily cracks with just a small tap or scratch, then its not the one you want. The shell should be firm and you must hear the crisp cracking sound when you break open an egg.
If you thought that pale yellow yolks or lighter yellow yolks were the ideal eggs, you are absolutely wrong. The orange yolk is the healthiest and the deeper the color, the tastier the egg is. Not just that, but a healthy yolk will be fuller, thicker and rounder in shape and if you come across a very runny, shapeless yolk in your egg, then you probably should just discard it.
The egg white
The white of the eggs too must not be too runny or lumpy. It should be clear in a healthy egg. If not, then the eggs are not well developed and healthy and might indicate that it came from a sick chicken.
Try and find out where the supermarkets and grocery stores source their eggs from and ensure they are quality eggs. I am not saying that they are totally unhealthy or bad, but its just that you can get better quality and nutritive eggs by putting in just a little effort. Another alternative is to find a farm near by who can home deliver fresh eggs for you and you can also make a visit to be sure that the eggs are coming from a good set of chickens. It’s not just about the quality of eggs, its about the nutrition too. The joy of eating fresh, healthy eggs for breakfast is unmatchable. So put in that extra effort and feed your family healthy eggs!