World Egg Day is Friday, 12th October 2012! Thus, October is a wonderful month to get eggstravagant about the eggscellent nutritional qualities of eggs. So at the Belize Poultry Association we have got cracking on eggstra activities to celebrate. We want to encourage you to always go to school, go to work on an egg or two. Here’s a reason why: A recent study in Britain has found that eggs are far more nutritious and beneficial for our health than they were 30 years ago.
Today’s eggs are lower in fat, cholesterol, calories and also contain more vitamin D than previously thought. Today’s average medium-sized egg has:
- nearly 25 per cent less saturated fat. They contain 1.3 grams, rather than 1.7 grams. We are advised to eat no more than 20 grams of saturated fat a day.
- 177 micrograms of cholesterol, just over 10 per cent less than the 202 micrograms previously recorded.
- fewer calories – there are 66 in a medium egg, not 78.
- nearly twice the amount of vitamin D. A medium egg contains 1.6 micrograms of vitamin D compared with the 0.9 micrograms that was recorded in the 1980s. This is two-thirds of our recommended daily requirement.
- more selenium.
Why are the eggs healthier? British scientists believe eggs are healthier largely because the food given to hens has changed. Since the 1980s they have been fed a mixture of wheat, corn, vegetable oil and high-protein formulated feed, rather than meat and bone-meal. The new feed also helps them to absorb more vitamin D and other nutrients.
Better technology also means scientists can now analyse the nutritional content of eggs more accurately. Previous measurements may have overestimated fat and cholesterol levels.