How to Tell the Difference Between a Healthy Organic Egg and a GMO

Posted on May 31, 2016

Eating healthy is important, as our choice of diet can have a great impact on our health. Organic eggs are made by hens in farms that feed them with natural grains without added fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.

When you buy those eggs, you often look for them in the supermarket, but did you know that you have no guarantee that those eggs are actually free range? And another even more baffling fact is that you don't really know what is going on in those free range farms.

The product that you buy might say that it is free range, but the reality could be a lot different, for example, the hens that live on those farms could not be permitted to go outside, and the facilities they were located in could have artificial lighting.

Here's a useful way to spot a healthy egg yolk from those that aren't.

1. How to Spot a 100% Organic Egg

How to Spot a 100% Organic Egg
Whether an egg is healthy or not can be determined by the color of its yolk.

Many 'organic' products are deceiving you and that includes eggs. The best thing to do is to buy them from a local farm, where you know what the farmers are actually doing and where you can see the facilities.

And if that's not possible, you can follow an experiment that was made to show you how to tell if the eggs you're buying are organic.


A woman chose three egg cartons: one came directly from an egg farmer, one came from a market and the label said the eggs were free-range and that chickens were fed with grain, and one was bought at a supermarket.

The method to test if the eggs are really organic is easy, so just follow the instructions.

3. Carton Number One

Carton Number One
First things first, let's test the egg that came directly from an egg farmer.

The way to do it is to crack the egg and fry it. Then, look at the yolk to see which color it turns to as it gets fried.


As it was cracked into a frying pan, after a few seconds, the yolk turned dark orange.

This is the egg that was bought from a farmer at a local farm who claimed that the eggs were free range.

5. Carton Number Two

Carton Number Two
The next egg came from a market and the label on the carton said that the eggs were free-range. It claimed that the chickens were "free-running" and that they were fed with grains.

After a few seconds, its egg yolk was bright yellow.

6. The Last Carton

The Last Carton
Finally, the third one is from a carton that came from a supermarket.

The packaging did not include any mention of the eggs being organic and you can see a difference in the color of the shells as opposed to the last other two eggs. These were the GMO eggs.

When this egg was cracked, its yolk also turned out to be bright yellow, like the previous one.


The three eggs would obviously have different flavors from one another, but the farmer's egg would be the tastiest one.

The reason for the difference in taste is in the foods that the hens eat. The free-range hens eat a mix of grain and grass and even, insects, while the chickens that produce non-organic eggs eat only GMO grain with additives and pesticides.


As you can see, the egg that came from the farmer is much darker than the other two. The second egg that is supposedly organic did not have the same color as the real organic egg.

That's how you can test and see if your egg is really organic.

9. Orange Yolks

Orange Yolks
Naturally, eggs with orange yolks are much more nutritious. Chickens need organic nutrition for their eggs. Without it, they can't produce healthy eggs.

The more orange an egg is, the more healthy and nutritious it is, and according to research, organic eggs have less cholesterol and will help with high blood pressure.

10. Supporting Small Businesses

Supporting Small Businesses
Now that you know the difference between a bland GMO egg and a super-tasty farmer's egg, support your local farming communities by purchasing eggs directly from them.

You now know that it is impossible to know whether the 'organic' eggs that you're buying at a local market or a bigger supermarket are what they claim to be.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Healthy Organic Egg and a GMO
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