World Egg Day: Health Benefits of Egg
Today, we join the whole world in celebrating the World Egg day being the 2nd Friday in the month of October. A day established by the International Egg Commission (IEC) at the Vienna Conference in 1996. The World Egg day serves as a unique opportunity to help raise awareness on the benefits of egg and is celebrated in countries all around the world.
Eggs are a common food source and have been eaten by humans across the world for thousands of years. They are produced by the female species of many animals but by far the most common choice for consumption is the eggs of chicken. Eggs are one of nature's highest quality sources of protein and contain many key ingredients of life. Hence, several health benefits ranging from brain and muscle development to disease prevention can be derived from egg consumption.
Health Benefits of Egg
Potential Health Risks
People are advised not to eat raw or undercooked eggs. Bacteria can enter the egg through pores in the shells.
Eggs exit the bird's body via the same passageway that feces are excreted from and so there is a risk that bacteria such as Salmonella could enter the egg at this stage. Bacteria can also enter the egg if they are present in the bird's reproductive tract before the shell has formed around the egg's contents.
Storage and cooking
Eggs should be avoided if their shells are cracked or if they are out-of-date. Most advisory bodies recommend that eggs are stored in the refrigerator. if eggs are left out at room temperature they can sweat, making it easier for bacteria to move into the egg and grow. Eggs with cracked shells should not be eaten except the cracking occured while cooking.
Washing eggs is not recommended as this can not only lead to water getting into the egg through the pores of the shell but also remove the protective coating that is put on the outside of the shell by the bird that lays it.
When cooking eggs properly, they must be cooked thoroughly until the yolks are firm. Scrambled eggs, for example, should not be runny.
If an egg floats in water, it will have enough air within it to keep it buoyant. Although this indicates that the egg is old, it does not necessarily mean that the egg cannot be used. The best way to check whether the egg is safe to be consumed is to crack open the shell; if the contents smell unpleasant or the coloration is unusual then it may not be safe.
It is also possible to tell whether an egg is raw or hard-cooked by spinning it on a flat surface. If the insides are not cooked then they will cause the egg to wobble, while a hard-cooked egg will spin easily.
Finally, we will do well not to Put All Our Eggs in one basket; it is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a balanced diet rather than concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.
So as we celebrate the World Egg day share this health benefits and tips with your friends and loved ones and make eggs a important part of that nutritious and balabced daily diet.
Ref: 1.International Egg Commission website
2. McIntosh, James. "What are the health benefits of eggs?."Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 10 Oct. 2014. .