Britny Wilkinson of Broadway gathers her hens eggs. She gets white, brown and even green eggs. Submitted photo
In Canada alone there are 1.2 billion eggs being produced for eating every year.
The average person eats 173 eggs a year. Eggs are one of the few foods that are considered the building blocks of the body. They are one of the most nutritious foods on the market today. They are a fantastic way to give yourself a health boast.
The average egg contains six grams of the highest-quality protein and 11 key nutrients. They contain vitamins B12, B2, A, E, K, D, iron, zinc, selenium, folate, choline, protein and phosphorus which is essential for health teeth, bones and nails.
The yolk of the egg contains a higher percentage of the egg’s vitamins than the white. The yolk is also one of the few foods that contain a natural source of vitamin D. The colour of the yolk is indicative of a nutrient called lutein. It’s said that lutein in eggs reduces the risk for cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. The lutein also protects against early heart disease. A healthy adult can enjoy an egg every day without increasing their risk of heart disease.
– Eggs can be stored in their carton for about three weeks after their overdue date. If you leave eggs at room temperature, they will age more in one day than stored in the refrigerator for one week.
– Eggs are laid large end first and get coated in a liquid called a “bloom.”
– You can rub the colour off an egg if you get it just as its laid and before it dries.
– A hen needs 5oz of food, 10 ounces of water, 14-16 hours of light and an average of 25 hours to produce one egg.
– A hard-boiled egg will peel more easily if its one to two weeks old before cooked.
– If you can’t remember what egg you cooked, spin them in liquid because the eggs boiled will spin more easily.
– When an egg is dropped in water a fresh egg will float and a stale egg will sink.
– Eggs that are two days old are every bit as good as eggs that are 10 days old. Their nutritional value does not change.
– If you boil an egg and get a green ring around it, it’s only due to a chemical reaction between sulfur and iron. They are safe to eat.
– The only difference between a brown egg and a white egg is the colour of the hen. Brown hens lay brown eggs and white hens lay white eggs. There are also different types of hens that lay green and light blue eggs.
– Eggs can also be frozen and used in baking. Just crack them into muffin tins then freeze and put into plastic bags.
Eggs are beneficial to your face and hair. Egg whites have been used for facials for years because of their drying effect. The yolks are used in shampoos, conditioners and soaps. The lutein from the egg is also found in makeup products such as foundations and lipsticks. The egg is a wonderful natural benefit to our health.
Cathy Wilkinson of Broadway, Pictou County, teaches 4H in the county and has a small hobby farm she tends to when she isn’t working as a corrections officer. Her monthly columns will focus on farming community as well as 4H activities.