Seven Egg Facts Ahead of Easter

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With Easter eggs equally decorating lawns and kitchens across America this weekend, we thought to remind you about the health benefits of eggs:

1. Seventy Five billion eggs are produced annually in the US.

2. Eggs are a cheap and reliable source of protein, especially for vegetarians.

3. Eggs are one of few foods naturally containing vitamin D. They are also a good source of vitamin A, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.

4. The yolk is about one third of the weight of the egg, but accounts for 80% of its 75 calories.

5. Omega-3 eggs are created by feeding hens with kelp meal (seaweed).

6. Eggs have see-sawed in popularity over the years due to their high cholesterol count (more than  65% of the recommended daily intake). Current studies are pointing favorably to the egg, showing that most of the cholesterol formed in the human body results from saturated and trans-fats, and not the cholesterol in the egg. Eggs have no trans-fat and only 8% of the daily value for saturated fat.

7. Many foods created with raw eggs:  Mayonnaise and chocolate mousse are two very popular examples.

For some cool egg ideas for Easter, please take a look at our Pinterest Board!

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  • Luna

    I think you mean “Eggs are a cheap and reliable source of protein, especially for (ovo)-vegetarians”. There are different types of vegetarians such as pescatarians, lacto-vegetarians etc. But vegetarians don’t eat meat including eggs since eggs are a type of meat.

    • Karyn

      Actually, eggs are not considered meat.  Vegetarians do not eat flesh foods:  meat, poultry, or fish.  They may eat other animal products, including milk and other dairy products, and eggs.  Some may eat dairy but not eggs; others may eat eggs but not dairy.  Those who avoid eating all animal products, even things like honey, are vegans, a subset of vegetarians, also known as “strict” vegetarians.  Vegetarians in general simply avoid animal flesh, not all animal products.

  • Carol

    “Current studies” regarding the non-issue of eating cholesterol are more like 20-30 years old… but the media and food industry (and their PR people) didn’t catch up (or read the memo) until recently.

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  • http://www.thecookingblock.com/ Christa@thecookingblock

    Eggs and Avocados. Nice little packages that have a lot of punch. 

  • http://www.thecookingblock.com/ Christa@thecookingblock

    Eggs and Avocados. Nice little packages that have a lot of punch.