By Molly “M.E.O.W.” Naaktgeboren, Staff Writer
Did you know there is no nutritional difference between white and brown eggs? They just come from different breeds of hens! Now that I have your attention, National Egg Day, which is celebrated on June 3, helps raise awareness of the benefits of eggs. Prepare to be wowed and amazed, because I sure was after learning some more fun facts. I promise there are no expiration dates and that this is good for all ages!
Egg farmers around the world are joining together and increasing their commitment to provide a high-quality food product to help feed the world’s hungry. During the past year, egg producers who are members of the International Egg Commission (IEC) have donated the equivalent of more than $7 million, and more than 22 million eggs to help people everywhere. World Egg Day, celebrated on the second Friday in October each year, is a perfect time to help fight hunger and join egg farmers across the globe who continue to show their commitment to feeding the world’s growing population.
Here at home, America’s egg farmers have donated more than 28 million eggs to the hungry and served up free egg breakfasts to those in need as part of the Good Egg Project, which was started in 2009 to help educate people about where eggs come from and encourage Americans to take up the fight against hunger.
Help egg farmers in their commitment by simply taking the Good Egg Project pledge to “Eat good. Do good every day.” For every pledge made, America’s egg farmers will donate another egg to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization.
Since their discovery, eggs have played a major role in feeding families all around the globe. They are a top-quality protein superstar food at a very affordable price. In general, eggs are the champion product of nature in terms of quality of protein, as well as many other nutrients that facilitate the development of the brain and muscles, which have a key role in disease prevention.
1) Eggs are one of the most versatile foods on the market.
2) Eggs have a high nutrient density because, in proportion to their calorie count, they provide 12 percent of the daily value for protein and a wide variety of other nutrients, such as vitamin A, B6, B12, folate, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
3) Did you say “lean”? As for the fat found in eggs, two-thirds of it is the healthy unsaturated kind. And, now that we are hearing more about health risks from trans-fatty acids, it’s reassuring to know that there are no trans-fats in eggs. The fat that the egg does supply helps nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K to be used by the body.
4) Egg yolk is an excellent source of choline, a nutrient now considered essential for human health. Research has shown choline to be required for normal formation of brain tissue and memory and to play a role in preventing heart disease.
5) Lutein and zeaxanthin are two newly recognized nutrients that have put eggs in the “functional foods” category. A functional food is one that provides health benefits beyond its basic nutrient content. Recent studies have shown that consuming lutein and zeaxanthin can significantly lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness affecting people over the age of 65.
6) Children like eggs, too. Growing bodies need nutrients, and eggs make a wise food choice. Egg protein is a great source of nutrition for growing children to build muscle. Deviled eggs are fun and easy for children to make and eat. Or, scramble an egg in the microwave and place it in a hot dog bun – you’ve got an egg dog ready to be topped with whatever you want. For an egg burger, top a hamburger patty with a fried egg and serve on a bun.
In honor of National Egg Day on June 3, participating McDonald’s customers in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts were able to purchase the classic Egg McMuffin® breakfast sandwich for 63 cents.
If breakfast sandwiches aren’t something you enjoy, try this simple recipe:
Eggs, ham and cheese join forces in a three-ingredient breakfast bowl that’s fast and mess-free. It takes about 15 seconds to prep, 45 to 60 seconds to cook and serves one.
Ingredients: one thin slice of deli ham, one egg that is beaten, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Directions: Line the bottom of the bowl or custard cup with the ham slice and then pour egg over the ham. Next, microwave on high for 30 seconds, and stir. Microwave until the egg is almost set, 30 to 51 seconds longer. Top with cheese and dig right in! Click here for more easy egg recipes.
For more information, visit www.internationalegg.com.
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