Who doesn’t LOVE eggs? They’re wholesome, nutritious, and, most importantly, oh so delicious. Though some naysayers cry “too much cholesterol!” eggs really are, pardon the joke, well-rounded. This ingredient is part of almost every breakfast staple (and some lunch and dinner ones, too), nonetheless, there is a lot of false information out there about eggs– especially having to do with those dreaded and elusive “red spots.” Today, let’s take some time to educate ourselves on this important food.
We’ve gathered some egg-celent facts from the folks at the International Egg Commission about this vitamin-packed wonder food.
Eggs are packed full of high quality protein
Did you know that eggs contain 6 grams of protein? Sure, there are higher amounts of protein in other foods, but eggs have the densest and highest quality protein available.
Unsure if it’s raw or cooked?
If you can’t remember which eggs in your fridge have already been cooked, then try this nifty trick. Spin the egg around. If it spins easily, it is hardboiled. If it wobbles awkwardly, then it’s raw.
High in Vitamin D
Eggs are in an exclusive nutritional category. They are one of the only foods out there that is a naturally good source of Vitamin D.
Easy to clean up!
I know, I know, egg yolk is notoriously sticky, but there’s a trick. If you drop an egg on the floor, just sprinkle the area with salt and let it sit. It can then be wiped clean.
Varying yolk colors
Though there is some misinformation about this specific topic, it’s proven that yolk color is almost always affected by the variety of the hen that lays them.
Keep those eggs cold! Eggs that are kept at room temperature age more in a day than ones that are kept in the fridge for a week!
Eggs are fit!
That’s why so many diet experts rep these little wonders. One egg contains just 70 calories and 5 grams of fat.
Eggs have just the right mix of amino acids and vitamins to keep you healthy! In fact, eggs are second only to mother’s milk for human nutrition.
How many eggs?
Hens lay 300 to 325 eggs per year. Hey, that’s almost an egg a day!
Hens=egg making machines!
On average, it takes 24-26 hours to produce one egg.
Older means bigger
Hens don’t slow down when they get older, they just continue to produce BIGGER eggs.
Free-range vs. regular eggs
Though there are no big nutritional differences between the two, experts agree that free-range hens live a much more humane existence than those who live on commercial farms.
Why are there red spots on my eggs?!
We promise, it’s not as gruesome as it looks. Red spots are simply just broken blood vessels that sometimes rupture during the laying process. No, there’s no chick baby in there. You can now breathe easy!
We hope that you are now convinced, educated, and HUNGRY! Happy beating, cracking, frying, and poaching.
Are you an egg lover or an egg hater? Have any special ways to prepare eggs? Do you own egg laying hens? We’d love to hear all about your experiences. Feel free to share in the comments section below!