By Rod Gabriel | GetHealthAccess.com
Have you ever been to the grocery and wondered why you see brown colored eggs neatly placed beside pearly white chicken eggs? Wonder no more. The brown colored eggs are also chicken eggs.
Just in case you are hesitating to try out the brown colored eggs and that there might be great differences in taste, nutritional value and quality of the egg, the color of the shell simply says that the eggs are coming from different breeds.
Don’t be surprised as well that when you break an egg, you also find out that aside from the usual light colored egg yolks, you’ll also find the dark yellow colored ones.
Unlike the egg shells, the color of the yolks is determined by the hen’s diet and not the breed or the freshness of the egg.
Hen diets heavy in green plants, yellow corn, alfalfa and other plant material with xanthophylls pigment (a yellow-orange hue) will produce a darker yellow-orange yolk. Diets of wheat or barley produce pale yellow yolks; hens fed white cornmeal produce almost colorless yolks.
Free-range hens may have access to more heavily pigmented food so they may produce eggs with darker yolks.