One of the most preferred breakfast foods around the world is eggs, because they are a wonderful source of proteins and nutrients and you can cook them in a variety of ways, creating a new dish every morning. But besides the quintessential question about who came first, the hen or the egg, there are some other amazing facts about eggs which many of us might not be aware about.
Here are 10 fun facts about eggs:
#1. Egg yolk has a lot to say about the lifestyle of the hen it came from! A dark yellow colored yolk suggests that the mother loved vegetables while a medium yellow says that corn and alfalfa have been her favorite foods and a light yellow yolk means that she ate a lot of barley and wheat.
#2. On the other hand, the color of the egg shell is the indicator of the breed of the mother hen. White eggs come from hens with white feathers while brown ones are laid by hens with red feathers.
#3. Eggs make best sellers in the US, with the total consumption per year touching a whopping 76.5 billion. This calculation is based on the fact that an average American consumes 250 eggs in a year.
#4. Eggs remain edible for 3 to 4 weeks after the date mentioned on the package. So this means that they can be stored for a considerable time. If you are not sure about the date, just smell it when you break it open. If it smells fine, it is fit to be eaten.
#5. Another interesting fact about eggs is that if you are buying eggs which say organic on the label, it means that the hens have been fed an organic diet, which is free of genetically modified products, pesticides or animal by products.
#6. Eggs make one of the cheapest health foods in the world as they are loaded with muscle building proteins and healthy fats and come at a low price. they are also enriched with anti oxidants which help curb aging and provide immunity against diseases.
#7. Contrary to the popular belief, eggs are very healthy for the heart. It is said that they are high on cholesterol but studies have proved that eggs don’t do anything to harm your heart.
#8. Amazingly, the eggs which are found on grocery shelves are laid by the hens which have not mated. This is the reason why these eggs never hatch as these have never been fertilized by rooster.
#9. The options in cooking of eggs are literally endless so you can have a new dish every morning. You can have them boiled, poached, scrambled, fried or on a French Toast, to speak of a few. Or add some veggies and cheese for creating experimental dishes. It’s all up to your creativity!
#10. The largest recorded egg was laid in 2010 by a hen called Harriet. Amazingly, the egg measured 9.1 inch in diameter.
So, the next time you relish eggs in your breakfast, think about these amazing egg facts and enjoy it all the more!