Eggs – did you know that those eggs we have come to love are called nature’s multivitamin and that they provide lasting energy? Today, we will look closer at our egg industry and the Egg Farmers of Ontario.
Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious foods. They are considered a very nutrient-dense food because they provide a significant amount of vitamins and minerals, yet contain only 70 calories for one large egg.
Most of the vitamins and minerals in an egg are found in the yolk. A little more than half of the protein is found in the white, and the remainder is in the yolk. The fat (mostly unsaturated fat) and cholesterol are found in the yolk. So for the most nutrition and flavour, the whole egg should be enjoyed (except the shell of course).
According to current research, eggs provide lasting energy and keep you feeling full longer, help to control weight, protect your eyesight, stimulate brain development, and help you concentrate better.
As long as eggs are eaten as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet and lifestyle, there is no maximum number of eggs the average healthy person can eat. Individuals with elevated blood cholesterol should speak to a registered dietitian or their doctor for diet advice. They should still be able to include eggs in their diet, as eggs contain very little saturated fat and no trans fats.
A hen lays about 320 eggs during her laying cycle. These eggs are not all the same size. Generally, as a hen gets older, she lays larger eggs.
Eggs are categorized by weight, not size or shape. Sometimes eggs in the same carton may appear to be different sizes, but their weight will be within a similar range.
Double-yolk eggs are produced by hens whose egg production cycles are not completely synchronized. Two egg yolks mature at the same time, pass through the hen’s reproductive system and are surrounded by a single egg white and shell. Double-yolk eggs are very safe to eat and cook.
The Egg Farmers of Ontario is an independent, self-governing farming organization. They are not a government body or department and are funded entirely by egg producers. Each producer pays a fee or levy on every dozen eggs sold and these funds are used to support the activities of the Ontario and Canadian egg system.
Egg Farmers of Ontario is the marketing organization for the 430 egg producers and pullet growers in Ontario who account for 40% of total egg production in Canada, or 200 million dozen eggs annually.
Egg Farmers of Ontario staff ensures the organization’s policies and regulations are implemented, and administrates programs such as layer placements, advertising and promotion, agriculture awareness and education, poultry and egg research and development and quality control.
It sounds like including more eggs in your diet is an eggsellent idea. Go for it.
Think about this – Grace is the free, undeserved goodness and favour of God to mankind.
Just some food for thought.
Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘WE GROW FOR THE WORLD’.