Egg-citing Secrets About Eggs!
By Sara Butler
Eggs may not seem mysterious, but they actually hold quite a few secrets. This awesome breakfast staple is nearly the perfect food, full of protein, vitamins, and important minerals while also being relatively low in calories. So get ready as the egg trivia gets laid on thick!
Brown Eggs Aren’t Healthier, Just More Expensive
You’re always going to find diehard brown egg fans out there who insist brown eggs are the way to go, but they’re not all they’re cracked up to be. The high price of brown eggs actually has nothing to do with their quality. They cost more because the breeds of chickens that lay them are bigger. And you know what they say about bigger hens – they need more food. The cost of brown eggs to the producer is passed on to the consumer. But once you crack these eggs open, they’re pretty much exactly the same as the less expensive white eggs.
Cage-Free May Not Mean Free from Cages
This can be a bit confusing, but most people assume that cage-free eggs come from hens that don’t live in cages. But if you assume that, then you may be wrong. Cage-free hens may not spend their days roaming free in the sunshine but instead live in a cage that’s just a bit larger than a standard cage. These hens probably still live mostly indoors in a cage.
Every Egg is Hormone-Free
Hormone-free seems to be a big selling point these days, but eggs are naturally free from hormones. So if you see this claim on an egg carton, you can rest assured it’s just hype. Hormones have been banned in all poultry production since the 1950s per the FDA. This claim goes for chicken, too.
Egg Yolk Color Does Indicate Nutrition
Egg yolks range in color from deep orange to pale yellow. You might even find a red yolk! The color is an indication of the hen’s diet. If the hen gets a more nutritious and varied diet, then they will probably have richer-colored yolks. Grain-fed chickens will probably produce a lighter yolk.
The fat and protein count are likely the same no matter the color of the yolk, but some antioxidants will be higher in deeper colored yolks than lighter ones. Some richer-colored yolks also have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart.
Wasn't that egg-citing? Now you know some of the secrets of the mysterious egg!
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