World Egg Day was established at the IEC Vienna 1996 conference when it was decided to celebrate World Egg Day on the second Friday in October each year.
For centuries, eggs have played a major role in feeding families around the globe. They are an unbeatable package when it comes to versatility and top-quality protein at a very affordable price. And they are also an excellent source of choline, essential in memory and brain development. When you factor in convenience and terrific taste, there is just no competition.
History of World Egg Day
While usually, when we consider the egg, we think of those white shelled emissions from the common chicken. Containing a small treasure with a golden yolk, and the potential to become so many things that it strains the boundaries of human imagination, the Chicken Egg has become the definitive image when the word ‘egg’ is spoken. But these are not the only egg that mankind finds valuable, consider for a moment caviar, a symbol of wealth in its own right. These are, of course, the eggs of various fish, and World Egg Day represents their importance as well.
The history of the egg expands far beyond a merely culinary concern, and in fact has had great importance in multiple cultures for reasons both decorative and religious.
Consider for a moment the Easter egg, where children hunt each year for brightly colored eggs or plastic shaped in the form of the egg which contains treats such as chocolate or money. Or what of the Faberge Eggs? Those beautiful pieces of artistic elegance created by Peter Carl Faberge. So beautiful were these that they were prized even by Czars. World Egg Day reminds you to explore the hallways of history and the places that eggs occupy there.
4 facts about eggs:
- Eggs are considered to be one of the best sources of protein available.
- Around 9 percent of an egg's content is fat, found almost exclusively in the yolk.
- Eggs are known for containing cholesterol.
- They are one of the most commonly consumed animal products in the world.
Brown Vs. White Shells
An egg’s shell color doesn’t indicate the quality or nutritional value of an egg, but rather the breed of the hen that laid it. Hens with white feathers tend to lay white eggs and hens with red feathers tend to lay brown eggs.
Benefits of eggs consumption
There are several health benefits that can be derived from eggs, including:
Brain health: Eggs contain vitamins and minerals that are needed for the regular functioning of cells, including the brain, nervous system, memory, and metabolism.
Strong muscles: The protein within eggs helps keep muscles working well while slowing the rate at which they are lost.
Weight loss and maintenance: The high quality of protein within eggs might help keep people energized and feeling fuller for longer. Feeling full prevents snacking, which reduces overall calorie intake.
A healthy immune system: Vitamin A, vitamin B-12, and selenium are key to keeping the immune system healthy.
Lower risk of heart disease: Choline plays an important part in breaking down the amino acid homocysteine, which is associated with the development of heart disease.
Good energy production: Eggs contain all the daily vitamins and minerals that are needed to produce energy in all the cells of the body.
Healthful pregnancy: Some nutrients within eggs help to prevent congenital disabilities, such as spina bifida.
Eyesight: Lutein and zeaxanthin help to prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of age-related blindness. Other vitamins also promote good vision.
Skin benefits: Some vitamins and minerals within eggs help promote healthy skin and prevent the breakdown of body tissues. A strong immune system also contributes to a healthy look overall.
Eggs can help to protect our bones: Eggs are one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D, our sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and for maintaining optimum bone health. Eggs therefore play a supporting role in the prevention of osteoporosis together with dairy products, our main source of calcium.
Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer: Dietary modifications are a well-respected means of reducing your overall risk of developing cancer. Most anti-cancer diets are rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You can increase the effectiveness of your preventative diet by adding eggs on a regular basis. Case studies show that the choline found in egg yolks to be associated with a reduced overall risk of breast cancer. Additionally, other studies show that women who consume two or fewer eggs per week have a slightly elevated overall risk of developing the disease.
The health benefits of eggs can only be experienced when they form part of a balanced diet.
Although, eating eggs are really good and having amazing effects on body, there are a few disadvantages of eggs consumption that we are going to discuss.
The following possible health risks are associated with the consumption of eggs:
Pasteurization: egg products are required by law to undergo a process called pasteurization. During this process, eggs are rapidly heated and kept at a high temperature for a period of time to kill off any Salmonella bacteria.
Bacteria: People are advised to avoid eating raw or undercooked eggs. Bacteria can enter the egg through pores in the shells. In the U.S., all eggs graded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are washed with a sanitizing rinse during the screening stage at a processing plant.
Storage and cooking: Eggs should be avoided if their shells are cracked or if they are past expiration date.
However, eggs are a healthy food choice and a good source of protein. They are satisfying and a good source of energy. One egg a day is fine and there is no evidence that it will do you any harm.