Who knows that October 14th is World Egg Day? I do, but then I really should since I’m an egg farmer. This past week I attended the International Egg Symposium where I learned about the latest scientific research related to our humble egg. Today I want to share a few facts about nature’s superfood:
This is the 21st anniversary of the celebration of eggs. I am so proud to grow eggs and feed my community with a high quality, low cost source of protein! Eggs contain 14 important nutrients, including vitamins A, D and E, folate, iron and zinc.
Eggs also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which help maintain good vision and reduces the risk of age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Eggs contain selenium, which is important for a healthy immune system and a functioning thyroid gland.
We all know that eggs are high in protein (6 grams per large egg), but what does that really mean? Quality proteins help build and repair muscle, organs, skin and other body tissues. They are needed to produce hormones, enzymes and antibodies.
Additionally, the high level of protein in eggs helps us feel full and lower the level of ghrelin (a hunger hormone) in our system. Eating eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner can help with those cravings throughout the day or in the evening!
Eggs have the power to help feed the world! Here are two little cuties devouring eggs at Project Canaan in Swaziland. Nationally, Canadian egg farmers support Heart for Africa, an important project whereby they have donated equipment and money to develop a 5000 bird egg operation to supply eggs at Project Canaan and the surrounding communities. Stay tuned for a future blog about this special cause.
In addition to being a superfood in impoverished countries, eggs support the body’s immune system and improve effectiveness of vaccinations and antiretroviral drugs.
To help celebrate World Egg Day, Egg Farmers of Alberta is running a contest where you can win a Cuisinart CEC-7 Stainless Steel Egg Cooker and a month’s supply of free eggs. Check out our Facebook page for more info and to enter – hope you win!!