For those that are choosing to transition to, or who are already following, a healthy and protein-filled diet it is important not to forget the wonderful properties that can be found in eggs! Eggs are in so many things that people eat every day that a lot of us do not realize the amount that we consume. The average American person eats somewhere between 200 and 300 eggs a year! Eggs provide the nutrients Lysozyme, lutein, Riboflavin, Niacin, and many more. They are also used in the manufacturing of vaccines and beauty aids.
Here are some interesting facts about eggs:
- Egg whites contain no cholesterol, so they are a great way to make omelets that are heart healthy!
- Both brown and white eggs are equally as nutritious.
- True free-range eggs are those produced by hens that have access to nesting boxes, open floor space, perches and have access to outdoor runs.
- Fresh shell eggs can be kept refrigerated in their carton for at least 4 - 5 weeks beyond the pack date.
- Eggs supply high-quality protein and a variety of important vitamins and minerals at a very low price.
- Hard-cooked eggs, in the shell or peeled, will keep for one week in a covered container in the refrigerator.
- Eggland’s Eggs are a kosher food.
- A hen can produce more than 200 eggs a year.
There are many people who follow a vegetarian diet, but eat eggs and dairy as a source of protein; this diet is called Ovo-lacto vegetarianism. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and can be easily mixed into your daily diet. So give the “Incredible Edible Egg” a try!
For more information on eggs, their health benefits, and nutrition facts visit The American Egg Board at www.aeb.org. There is also information on the egg industry, production, and consumption.
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