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!