Thursday, February 18, 2010


One thing that our daughters love are eggs! With cheese of course... But it is not an uncommon weekend breakfast that our girls can wolf-down five eggs! We normally reach for organic cage free eggs, but that is just a preference.

Did you know? According to : Yolk color depends on the plant pigments in the hens’ feed. Natural yellow-orange substances, such as marigold petals, may be added to light-colored feed to enhance color. Artificial colors are not permitted. The color of the yolk does not indicate egg quality, freshness, or nutritional value.

Shell color is determined by the breed of the hen that lays the egg. White eggs are most common. Brown eggs are more expensive because the hens that lay them are bigger and require more food.

The fresher the egg, the cloudier the egg white. As the egg ages, the white becomes clearer and thinner.

And according to Health Castle:

Egg Varieties
Brown eggs:
Eggshell color can vary but it has nothing to do with the quality, flavor, nutritive value, cooking characteristics or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell color only depends upon the breed of the hen.

Omega 3 enhanced eggs: are from hens fed a diet flax seed or fish oils. Omega 3 enhanced eggs contain more omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E than the regular eggs. An independent test conducted by the CBC's TV show Marketplace found that omega-3 enhanced eggs contain approximately 7 times more omega 3 fatty acids than regular white eggs.

Organic eggs:
are produced by hens fed certified organic grains without most conventional pesticides and fertilizers. Growth hormones and antiobiotics are also prohibited. Organic eggs have the same nutritional content, fat or cholesterol as regular eggs.

Free-Run or Cage-free eggs: are produced by hens that are able to move about the floor of the barn and have access to nesting boxes and perches. The nutrient content of these eggs is the same as that of regular eggs.

Free-Range eggs: are produced in a similar environment as cage-free eggs but hens have access to outdoor runs as well. The nutrient content of these eggs is the same as that of regular eggs.

Processed eggs:
such as liquid egg whites or dried egg whites are shell eggs broken by special machines then pasteurized before being further processed and packaged in liquid, frozen or dried form. Process egg products may also contain preservatives and flavor or color additives.

-- Sent from my Palm Prē

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