Saturday, May 13, 2017

Free Range Yolks

On Stony Creek Pink Granite Steps

Store Bought vs. Free Range

9 comments:

  1. Salad perfection and on blue and white to boot! PA

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  2. There is nothing like the bright yellow of fresh eggs. After years of being dissed, now egg yolks have received a modicum of redemption. I'll have mine over easy ;). www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/eggs/

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    1. My cholesterol went way down when I traded packaged egg whites and fat free "cheese" products for real whole eggs and cheese. I also eat less because they are more satisfying.

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    2. Not surprising, Averyl. All the low-fat eating we were encouraged to do over last decades is now bonk! I've made good fats a part of my diet, including eggs, and I feel so much healthier and fit. In fact, the good fats help to burn the visceral fat. Also, it's my understanding that lecithin, found in the egg yolk, helps to counteract the cholesterol also found in the yolk. I run for the hills whenever I see a product that says low-fat or reduced fat.

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  3. No comparison to the pale yellow yolks of commercial eggs. I've seen orange yolks in Europe which makes me curious about the difference in diets, or is it the soil/water in which the feed is grown? (This plate palate is my idea of the perfect kitchen colors with a dash of red!)

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    1. A little research tells me that Lutein (a xanthophyll found in leafy greens, broccoli, etc.) is responsible for the orange color. Beta carotene is important for nutrition but it does not affect the color.

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  4. A few egg people where I live in PA feed their hens marigolds in season to "yellow up" the yolks. Others say the free range diet of bugs also effect the color of the yolks.

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  5. Muffy, those free-range yolks are amazing and just like the ones I ate in Europe. I'm afraid we don't have anything that orange in NE PA - my area needs to get with the program!

    I've heard about the addition of marigolds to the feed, Heather, but understand that they don't add nutrition to the yolk. Chickens, being omnivores and not vegetarians, benefit from bugs and insects in the diet because they add vitamins and omega-3s. However, it is still Lutein, by way of dark leafy greens, that deepen the color of the yolk according to what I've read. It really pays to buy pasture eggs if you want the most health benefits!

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