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Many of us find ourselves enjoying eggs frequently - and so we should! Eggs are inexpensive, easy to cook and can be served in a large variety of ways. Yes, eggs have cholesterol, but you can indulge in an egg or two or even three a week. If you keep an eye on your cholesterol and it is normal, you needn't worry about an occasional indulgence in eggs.

Enjoying Eggs

At Easter time, many boil, decorate, hide and color eggs. When cooking eggs to color, be sure to cook them completely. Also, remember not to leave eggs unrefrigerated for more than two hours.

The nutrition info on a large egg is as follows.

  • Calories: 70.
  • Fat: 4.5 grams (1.5 of which is saturated).
  • Cholesterol: 213 milligrams.

How about trying some simply delicious hard boiled eggs? Buy local, organic eggs. Cooked to hard-boiled stage and cool. When completely cooled, peel and slice eggs in half. Dust with sweet paprika and salt. These taste simliar to deviled eggs without all the work and extra calories! Organic eggs really have a better flavor than store bought.

Eggs are an excellent source of protein, are low in sodium, and contain essential vitamins and minerals.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and enjoy an egg!

Those Edible Eggs

It's extraordinary when you think what just one egg has to offer. The nutritional aspect of one egg is phenomenal. One egg provides substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A and B12, folate, thiamin, phosphorus, and zinc.

Additionally, the protein content found in one egg is of better quality than that of milk, meat, and fish. One egg provides an astonishing six grams of protein!

Because eggs are soft and easy to chew, they're a good substitute for meat and other hard-to-chew sources of protein.

The only drawback to the incredible egg is that it is high in cholesterol. The egg yolk contains approximately 215 milligrams of cholesterol. But... it's now thought that the nutrients, most noteably the thiamin, offsets any damage the cholesterol might cause.

And last but definitely not least, remember that the egg is one of nature's purest products! Mother nature knows what she's doing.

Egg Food Fixes

  1. Add a dab of tomato salsa to scrambled eggs, rice, or grilled meat.
  2. When you purchase your eggs, write the date of purchase on the carton. Do the same with your jarred and canned goods when you open them. This will help you determine how long the item has been exposed.
  3. Eggs retain their freshness best if they are refrigerated in their cartons, large end up.

Enjoy the "incredible, edible egg"!

Egg Safety

The proposed rules - and many more - have now been put into place. They require the control of mice, which can spread the bacteria; refrigerated storage of eggs; and disinfecting of hen houses, any time there is a discovery of a contaminated flock.

Fresh eggs

Farms would also be required to have "biosecurity" measures such as restricted access to flocks and protective clothing for workers. Experts believe these rules would almost eliminate the food safety risk in eggs and feel the benefits far outweigh the costs incurred.

Some research suggests "forced molting", a process of starving an older hen to get it to lay more eggs, increases the incidence of salmonella. However, the FDA would not ban this practice, instead, they would require the flocks to be tested for salmonella again after the molt.

The FDA has already imposed refrigeration requirements on supermarkets and restaurants. All egg cartons are required labeled with the following: "Safe handling instructions to prevent illness from bacteria. Keep eggs refrigerated; cook eggs until the yolks are firm and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly."

Are Those Eggs REALLY Organic Eggs?

Are you spending more money to purchase organic eggs? Is it worthwhile? Well, with certain brands of dairy and eggs, that's being called into question by many.

The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watch dog group that strives to protect small family farms, recently filed complaints with the USDA, arguing that 14 large dairy farms and egg producers didn't provide animals with proper outdoor and pasture access, thereby violating federal organic standards.

The USDA closed the complaints without investigating, but experts say the findings suggest some farms with the organic seal cut corners. Make sure you get the real deal by choosing brands that Cornucopia rates highly in terms of organic compliance. Two to start with: Vital Farms eggs and Maple Hill Creamery yogurt.

Unclean Conventional Eggs

Conventional eggs are not only less nutritious than pasture-raised eggs, but studies show that they have higher levels of Salmonella than cage-free eggs. The cramped cages stress out hens (which lowers their natural immunity) and are difficult to disinfect (which attracts more disease carrying insects and rodents).

Cage Free Eggs

Cage free eggscome from hens that can spread their wings and lay eggs in next boxes - closer to their natural behavior. Conditions are usually more sanitary, but hens can be fed pesticide treated grain. Look for a third party certification seal such as "Certified Humane".

Pasture Raised Organic Eggs

Research shows pasture-raised eggs from hens that hunt and peck outside for grass and insects (and eat some organic feed) can contain 2.5 times the omega-3s and 2 times the vitamin E of conventional. Opt for a pasture-raised certified brand such as Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Organic Eggs.

See also: Exceptional Eggs