Farm Facts: Eggs

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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. Here are some more farm facts about eggs.

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 percent water, 12 percent protein and 11 percent 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 percent of eggs produced in the U.S. are used by consumers, and about 9 percent are used by the foodservice industry.

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

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