Ten Facts You Should Know About Eggs

What's so interesting about eggs?

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods around. An egg's function is to nourish a chick until it's ready to find its own food.So it's packed with important nutrients. And talk about cooking friendly! Eggs can be fixed numerous ways and in all kinds of dishes.

Many myths and misconceptions exist about this low-calorie, nutrient dense food and here are ten facts that will shed some light on the many qualities of eggs.

Myths About Cholesterol

The yolk contains all the cholesterol
The yolk contains all the cholesterol

1. Eggs do not necessarily cause high cholesterol. Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol. One egg has about 212 milligrams. However, only a small portion ever reaches your bloodstream and arteries. Researchers suggest that an egg a day is acceptable, as long as you watch other sources of cholesterol that are worse (saturated and trans fats). Plus, there are other additional health benefits attributable to eggs.

2. Egg whites provide only a fraction of the nutrients that a whole egg does. All of the egg's cholesterol is found in the egg yolk, so many people eat only the whites. But the albumen or white of the egg contains only 10% of the egg's protein and traces of minerals, sugars and fats. If you don't have to avoid cholesterol, you are better off eating the whole egg. One large egg provides about 13% of the recommended daily intake of protein (6.5 grams), iron, phosphorus, and vitamins A, D, E and K.

Other Interesting Facts

3. Grading has nothing to do with freshness. Eggs are graded AA, A, and B based on the thickness of the white and the strength of the yolk membrane. AA's are the thickest and strongest. Grading is done shortly after the eggs are laid and all eggs deteriorate over time. Within any carton of eggs, up to 20% may be below grade.

4. The egg protein is the standard measure for other protein sources. Because eggs contain a near perfect balance of amino acids necessary for animal life, they are used as the protein standard. A whole egg rates a 94, meat a 75.

5. Hard boiled eggs are harder to peel if they are fresh. Ever been frustrated when peeling an egg? The shell doesn't want to come away smoothly? That only means the egg is fresh. If an egg has a pH of lower than 8.9 (fresh eggs are about 8.0.) the inner membrane sticks. Letting eggs refrigerate for three days will typically bring the pH to 9.2, and the problem is solved.

6. The greenish-gray discoloration around the yolk of a hard-boiled egg is due to ferrous sulfide. This is a harmless substance that causes that sulfuric rotten egg smell. Nothing wrong with eating it, but to avoid the ring, cook the egg only as long as it takes to set the yolk.

7. Cooking the perfect boiled egg means not overcooking. Place eggs in water and bring to a boil. Boil one minute and then remove the pan from heat and cover it for 12 minutes. Immediately cool eggs in cold water and peel. This insures the white is tender and the ring is nonexistent.

Brown eggs aren't more nutritious
Brown eggs aren't more nutritious

Are brown eggs better for you?

8. What hens eat or how they're fed doesn't impact shell color. Some people believe brown eggs are better than white eggs, healthier. They're not. The color of the egg shell is based on the breed of hen who laid it. It's a genetic thing and makes no difference to the nutrition of the egg.

And What About Cooking with Eggs?

9. Eggs have unique properties that make them act differently depending on how you use them. They can bind with other liquids to form a solid (think quiche). And they can form a delicate frothy foam (think meringue). These qualities make them truly versatile in the kitchen.

10. When making a foam with eggs, the egg whites must be beat alone. A single drop of egg yolk in the white can reduce the volume of your foam by as much as two-thirds. This also goes for other fats and oils. After the foam is formed, however, yolks and other ingredients can be folded in.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Your item 4 was very surprising to me -- eggs are higher in protein than meat? Amazing.

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Holly Richmond 5 years ago from Omaha, Nebraska Author

Apparently the protein in an egg is of a higher quality than in meat. Go figure.

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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

i love cooking with eggs but when we were kids, we are only allowed to eat 2 eggs per week because they say it has high cholesterol content.

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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I love eggs - hardboiled (the healthiest way of cooking it), sunny side up, scrambled or omelet style with tomatoes and onions and cheese! Hahahaha okay, I'm hungry since it's almost breakfast time for me. :D

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Terishere 5 years ago

I love eggs and always knew they were good for us...

Great hub, with a lot of great info!

Congratulations on your nomination!

Voted up!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

My favourite ways to eat eggs are scrambled and deviled. I knew a lot of these facts already, however I didn't know what the grading meant. Congratulations on your nomination

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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

Eggs are an inexpensive source of protein, too. A great option for families cooking on a tight budget.

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Holly, Nice hub on one food with no gluten, no dairy and no problem with my digestive system. As an athlete and cancer survivor those are high on my list. Thanks for defending eggs

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great information! Very well done hub.

Sam 5 years ago

Nice hub, I personally love eggs but I only eat about a couple a week because of the cholesterol, now I know is not that bad.

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Inspired to write 5 years ago from Wales UK

Wow interesting, man's food Id say lol, thanks for sharing your well written & knowledge hub. A good vote up & a new follower to your future current & work!

Regards Dale

Meme 4 years ago


Correction #2 4 years ago

Your #2 is wrong. Only 10% of the albumen is protein and not that the " albumen contains only 10% of the egg's protein".

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