Farm Facts: Eggs

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| Originally Published: August 28, 2010

Did you know that you can tell whether an egg is fresh or stale by dropping it in water? A fresh egg will sink, but a stale one will float. Check out some more farm facts about eggs below.

See more: 5 Tips for Raising Backyard Chickens From a Tennessee Farmer


Fun Facts About Eggs

  • Eggs contain all the essential protein, minerals and vitamins, and egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  • Eggs are good for your eyes because they contain lutein, which helps prevent age-related cataracts and muscle degeneration.
  • An egg shell can have as many as 17,000 pores over its surface.
  • The edible part of a chicken’s egg is approximately 74% water, 12% protein and 11% fat.
  • China produces about 160 billion eggs per year, making it the largest egg producer in the world.
  • There are roughly 280 million laying birds in the United States, and each produces 250 to 300 eggs a year.
  • A chef’s hat is said to have a pleat for each of the many ways you can cook eggs.
  • About 60% of eggs produced in the U.S. are used by consumers, and about 9% are used by the foodservice industry.

See more: Feathers & Fruit Farm in Soddy-Daisy Offers Fresh Local Eggs

Sources: Did You Know: Eggs, How Stuff Works, American Egg Board


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