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Some Great Egg Facts…

That little oval-shaped egg packs a punch nutrition wise, plus it’s yummy to eat. But that’s not all there is to know about the incredible edible egg. Here are some egg FAQs that you may be interested in:

Why are eggs good for the eyes?

They have a high quantity of lutein. A caroteniod that might help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Room temperature eggs vs. refrigerated eggs?

Apparently eggs will age more from one day at room temperature compared to one week in the refrigerator.

Why is the yolk of an egg different?

The color of the yolk depends on the type of diet the hen is on.

How do you clean up an egg, if it’s dropped on the floor?

All you have to do is sprinkle a lot of salt on top of the spill and wipe it up.

Is it OK to have eggs every day?

Yes, it is. In fact, eggs are a superfood that can carry you through hours of work, school and play. Yes, doctors are concerned about cholesterol but it is now known that the benefits of the egg far outweigh the negatives. As long as you eat them in moderation, you are fine. One to two eggs per day is fine, as long as you stay active and eat a balanced diet.

What proteins and vitamins do eggs contain?

Eggs have choline for good brain health, betaine for healthy hearts, and carotenoids like lutein for eye protection.

What do the egg shell colors mean?

It’s a common misconception that the shell color indicates a different nutritional value. In fact, all eggs, no matter the color, pack the same punch in terms of nutrition. The color merely indicates the breed of hen that laid it. White feathered chickens lay white eggs while red feathered hens lay brown eggs. It’s just that simple.

How many eggs are produced every day?

A lot. About 225.9 million in fact, according to the American Egg Board. Each American, on average, eats 250 eggs a year, which equals consumption of 76.5 billion total eggs in the United States.

Where do all the eggs go?

Most eggs, 60 percent, produced across the nation, end up on the breakfast plates of consumers. Another nine percent go to the foodservice industry and the rest are used by foodservice operators, such as restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and more, as well as food manufacturers that use them in the processing of foods such as mayo and cake mixes.

How much does the shell weigh?

While each egg is different in terms of weight, varying by small, medium, large or extra large designations, the shell itself weighs 10 percent of the total weight. It’s interesting to note that smaller eggs have a thicker and stronger shell than their larger counterparts.

How do the chickens know when to lay eggs?

A lot comes naturally by instinct, but farmers generally employ the use of timed lighting to trigger egg laying. By keeping the lights on, the endocrine system within the chickens is called into action, letting them know it’s time to get laying. Incidentally, most eggs are laid between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Do I really need to pay attention to the sell-by dates?

You don’t, but your grocer does. This sell-by date is when he knows to pull the eggs from the shelves. The actual eggs are good for a few weeks after that time. Storing them in your fridge will extend their shelf life by about three weeks. Leaving them out will age them fast, though. One week on the counter means they’ll age in one day what they would in a week when kept refrigerated.

Now that you’re all caught up on egg facts, you can impress your friends with this information!