Eggs are one of the most eaten foods around the world. Whether you fry them, scramble them, boil them, or poach them, we think they’re delicious! There are many myths surrounding eggs, which we already busted in another article. But if you had specific egg-related questions, you’ll likely find the answer here!
Many people freak out when they open an egg and find a blood spot. Some even think that it means the egg has been fertilized. But this is not true at all. The blood spot is seen as a defect by egg manufacturers, but it’s actually a normal result of the egg laying process. When the egg is released from the hen’s ovaries, tiny blood vessels may rupture, resulting in small blood spots. Luckily the egg is still safe to eat!
Egg yolk color is determined by the hen’s diet. When hens are fed on a diet filled with carotenoids, it results in a dark orange yolk. Carotenoids are orange-yellow pigments found in plant material. It does not have an effect on the nutritional value of the egg, but some folks insist that darker yolks taste better!
The white strands you see when cracking open an egg, is chalaza (or chalazae for plural). It’s membranes that attaches the egg yolk to the rest of the egg. It’s made of protein and safe to eat!
Depending on where you live, you might have noticed both brown and white eggs in store. They don’t differ in nutritional value, but they are laid by two different types of hens. Brown eggs are usually more expensive than white ones, because the hens that lay them need more feed! So more feed means the farmer has more expenses, and this equals a higher price tag on brown eggs.
Besides the obvious fact that free-range hens need more space, they also require more feed. Free-range hens are free to roam the open spaces, so they are more prone to predator attacks. This is of course another expense for the farmer, which makes the eggs more expensive.
It takes about 24 to 26 hours for one egg to form inside a chicken. Once the hen lays the egg, the next one is already starting to form and the process starts from scratch. So if you have one hen, you can expect five to seven eggs a week!
Over the past few years, eggs have received bad press. Eggs contain a moderate to high amount of cholesterol, and it’s this fact that made doctors cautious when it came to eggs. But research is now showing that it’s not dietary cholesterol that influences our cholesterol levels, but rather saturated and trans fats in our diet. These fats influence how our livers produce cholesterol. In fact, studies are still underway, but eggs might actually help raise your ‘good’ cholesterol’! So you can safely eat an egg a day!