Interesting facts about eggs you may not know

Interesting facts about eggs you may not know

Fried, boiled, baked or in any form, eggs are our one of our favorite foods! Although we love to eat eggs, you would be surprised how many interesting things we don’t know about them! World Egg Day is coming soon, and here’s your chance to learn some very useful things about them!

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American eggs need to be refrigerated

What is the best way to store eggs to keep them fresh and safe for us? When it comes to American eggs, they need to be refrigerated. To minimize the risk of salmonella (which can be found on the outside of an eggshell) the USDA requires all American eggs to be washed (and often sanitized) at the processing plant.

Washing removes the natural lining that protects an egg from an infection called a "bloom," we have to then refrigerate our eggs to keep our eggs chilled to minimize bacterial infection.

Eggs are very popular among Americans

Americans love eggs! According to statistics, the average American eats 250 eggs per year, which translates to a total annual consumption of 76.5 billion eggs in the U.S. Are you surprised to hear that? Here are some more interesting facts:

  • More than 70 billion eggs were eaten in the U.S. in 2000.

  • According to the CSFII survey, the egg is incorporated into more than 900 American foods.

  • In the United States, individuals in the 6 – 24-year-old age group are the most frequent consumers of egg and egg products.

  • Children under the age of five and senior citizens over 65 years old tend to eat an egg at home two times more than eating away from home.

  • Eggnog is the main egg beverage in the database; based on the amount of eggnog drunk reported in the survey, these individuals consume four times the amount of egg consumed from other sources.

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Brown eggs are more expensive than white, but not healthier

Are brown eggs more expensive than white eggs because they’re healthier? No. Although brown eggs are typically more expensive than white eggs, the high price has nothing to do with their quality.

Brown eggs cost more because the hens that lay them are physically bigger breeds than the white-egg-laying chickens, and bigger hens eat more food! There is no difference between white and brown eggs in nutrition. It’s just a popular food myth!

Dirt on egg shells shows the eggs are natural! (Just don’t forget to wash them!)

Lately, organic eggs have become very popular. However, you can notice that such eggs often look perfect and washed. But did you know that dirt on egg shell shows that eggs are also organic and natural! Just don’t forget to wash such eggs at home. Still, if eggs are just too dirty, avoid buying them.

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Bad smell = bad eggs!

One thing is certain: the bad smell means THE BAD EGGS. If eggs are really messy and cracked, don’t buy them or throw them away.

Eating eggs is good for weight loss!

If you want to lose some weight, eat eggs! Eggs are considered super helpful for losing weight if a person eats them for breakfast. In 2005, researchers compared the effects of eating an egg-based breakfast with a bagel-based breakfast in overweight female participants. The calorie counts in both breakfasts were equal but participants who ate the eggs consumed less food throughout the rest of the day!

To start your morning fresh and fit, make a healthy egg meal. OXO Good Grips Punctual Egg Timer with Piercer found in BREO BOX fall subscription box can help you to make perfect boiled eggs. Boiling the perfect egg has always been a challenge, but OXO is one of the best gadgets for egg fans. You can whip them up for egg salad or just a high-protein snack.

Whether you're making soft-boiled eggs for avocado toast or hard-boiled for deviled eggs, The OXO good grips punctual egg timer will help you make perfect eggs, every time.

This gadget has seven doneness levels and an egg size selector, so it's easy to find the setting that's right for you. Blinking lights and beeping let you know when your eggs are done! Besides, the compact size makes it perfect for countertop storage for even the smallest kitchen. 

All eggs are a hormone free!

All eggs are hormone-free! Keep that in mind when you go to the grocery store. Some cartons may promote that their eggs are free of hormones and offer a higher price. But, remember that the FDA banned the use of hormones in all poultry production back in the 1950s. So, all eggs at stores are safe.

How thick an egg shell is depending on the age of the laying hen!

It’s a myth that brown eggs have thicker shells than white eggs. But in reality, the thickness of an egg solely depends on the age of the chicken: while young chickens lay eggs with harder shells, old chickens lay eggs with thinner shells.

Grade AA eggs are best for poaching

If you wonder which eggs to use for poaching, pick AA eggs. According to USDA guidelines for grading eggs, AA quality eggs have egg whites that are "clear and firm," whereas A quality egg whites are only "clean and reasonably firm." AA grade eggs have the firmest egg whites, fresh AA eggs are the best eggs for poaching since you'll be dropping a whole cracked egg into the water.

The yolk and the whites have the same amount of protein!

If you were in doubt, we’re going to clarify things for you: the yolk and the whites have the same amount of protein! Both the egg white and egg yolk contain 3 grams of protein each.

People usually associate egg whites with protein, they don't have an advantage over their yellow counterparts. But there is a difference in calories. While a single yolk contains 3 grams of protein for 60 calories, a single egg white provides you with 3 grams of protein for just 15 calories.

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Eggs provide us with Vitamin D

If there is no sun outside, eat eggs! Of course, most people "consume" vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, but if it rains outside, there are still enough ways to get vitamin D.

One of the best ways to get enough vitamin D is to eat eggs. Eggs are among the best (and few) dietary sources of this immune-boosting vitamin. Yet, if you’re about to get Vitamin D with eggs, don’t bake them. 

Eggs make us smarter!

Eggs are not just delicious. They are a powerful tool for your brain. Eggs can make you smarter in some way. Two essential nutrients for brain health and cognition are found in eggs: choline and lutein. While Choline benefits areas of the brain that are used for memory and learning, lutein is responsible for keeping your eyes healthy.

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