A dozen egg facts!
To celebrate World Egg Day, Alltech went in search of some fascinating egg facts. Here are a dozen “egg”cellent facts:
- Worldwide, approximately 1.2 trillion eggs are produced for eating every year. The average person consumes 173 eggs a year.
- An average hen lays 300 to 325 eggs a year.
- To produce an egg, it takes a hen 24-26 hours.
- Egg yolks are a good source of natural vitamin D.
- A large egg contains only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat.
- Yolk color purely depends on the diet of the hen.
- Eggs provide the highest quality protein, which is necessary to help maintain muscle function and slow the rate of muscle loss.
- To tell if an egg is raw or hard, spin it! If the egg spins easily, it is cooked. If it wobbles, it is raw.
- Eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in a refrigerator.
- As a hen grows older, it produces larger eggs.
- Egg protein has the perfect amount of amino acids needed by humans to build tissues. It is second only to mother’s milk for human nutrition.
- Enriched eggs have a higher than normal content of a particular nutrient. For example, hens that consume more omega-3 will produce eggs with higher levels of omega-3. Enriched foods must follow specific guidelines. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), “A food that is labeled as ‘enriched’ with a nutrient must contain at least 10 percent more of the daily value of that nutrient than a food of the same type that is not enriched.”
Be sure to scramble, boil, fry or poach an egg today and join us in celebrating World Egg Day!