Did You Know: Eggs

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Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs

Even though there has been some controversy about the eggs effect on heart health, most experts agree that a diet that includes eggs is a healthy one. Eggs are delicious and they are a great source of protein, nutrients and B-vitamins.

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Some things you probably didn’t know about eggs:

  • Egg Yolks Help Brain Development – Egg yolks are one of the richest dietary sources of the B-complex vitamin choline, which is associated with better neurological function and reduced inflammation.
  • Eggs Are a Perfect Protein – Eggs are the best when it comes to protein quality. That’s because all of the protein found in an egg can be absorbed and used by the body.
  • What Egg Yolk Color Really Means – The color of the egg yolk doesn’t measure the healthiness, but rather what chicken was eating. Chickens that are fed grains and grasses full of carotenoids have more vibrantly yellow yolks, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to a more nutritious yolk.
  • Cloudy vs. Clear Egg Whites – Older eggs have clear whites, while fresh eggs can have a milky, opaque look.
  • Brown vs. White Eggs is There a Difference – Shell color relates to the breed of chicken and has nothing to do with the better for you eggs or healthier chickens.
  • Age of the Chicken – According to a study from Poultry Science young chickens, age 28 weeks and old chickens, 97 weeks, were more likely to produce eggs with low solids contents than were middle-aged chickens.
  • Eggs Are Good for Three Months – Eggs are typically packed within a week of laying, though USDA regulations allow them to be packed up to 30 days from the coop. The sell-by date has to be within a month of the pack date. But, according to the USDA, eggs may still be good from three to five weeks after the sell-by date passes.

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