EGGstraordinary Egg Facts

  • Harriet the hen laid the world’s largest egg in 2010, measuring at an astounding 23.14cm in diameter and weighing 163grams (that is the equivalent of 2.5 jumbo eggs)
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  • A large egg contains 70 calories 6 grams of protein, 250 milligrams choline, and zero carbs and no sugar
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  • The average chicken lays 250-300 eggs per year!
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  • As a hen gets older, her egg size increases.
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  • Worldwide, around 1.2 trillion eggs are produced for eating every year. The average person on Earth consumes 173 eggs a year.
    The Guinness World Record for omelette making is held by Howard Helmer, who made 427 omelettes in 30 minutes.
    The world record for eating hard-boiled eggs is 65 in 6min 40sec, by Sonya Thomas in 2003. She would have eaten more but they ran out of eggs.
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  • The brown or white colour of an eggshell is purely dependent on the breed of the hen. Normally, hens with white ear lobes lay white eggs. Normally, hens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs. There is no nutritional difference between white and brown eggs.
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  •  It takes a hen 24-26 hours to produce a single egg.
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  •  The color of an egg yolk is determined by the hen's diet. The more yellow and orange plant pigments there are in the grain fed to a hen, the more vibrant the color of the yolk will be.
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  •  An egg shell is made of calcium carbonate, which is also the main ingredient in some antacids. The shell makes up 9-12 percent of an egg's total weight, and contains pores that allow oxygen in and carbon dioxide and moisture out.
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  • Nutritious Dietary Patterns. Eggs fit into the healthy dietary patterns recommended by public health organizations.

  • Egg Allergies. Although eggs are a common food allergy in children, research suggests most kids outgrow this allergy.

  • Physical Performance. The high-quality protein in an egg is essential for building and maintaining lean body mass.

  • Nutrients In Eggs. One egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals plus 6 grams of high-quality protein.
  • Cardiometebolic Health. 40 years of research has demonstrated that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease.

  • Eggs Across The Lifespan. Essential nutrients within the egg can support a healthy pregnancy, growth and development of children, and muscle mass and function during aging.

  • Weight Management & Satiety. The high-quality protein in eggs can reduce hunger and facilitate weight loss as well as help with weight maintenance.