Julie Moore marks World Egg Day
Plans are afoot to celebrate World Egg Day on October 14. Founded by the International Egg Commission in 1996, World Egg Day was created to promote eggs internationally. Countries all around the world will be celebrating the benefits of this small, but mighty food source.
I’m pretty confident that you’ll already appreciate how unique your own hens and their eggs are. Throughout the ages, eggs have always symbolised new life, rebirth and fertility and have been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. Today, eggs are one of the most important foods globally providing a source of high quality protein, minerals and vitamins.
Of course, it’s impossible to beat the taste of your own hens’ eggs. With mounting evidence from scientific research showing that chickens who are allowed to roam freely, eating grass and bugs lay more nutritious eggs that contain:
A third less cholesterol (although mounting research suggests dietary cholesterol is not linked to problems of cholesterol manufactured by our bodies); A quarter less saturated fat; Two or three times more vitamin A; Two times more omega-3 fatty acids (and hence a healthier ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s);
Three times more vitamin E and Seven times more beta carotene than eggs produced by chickens in confinement with no access to grass. It’s a win-win situation — your hens are healthier and you eat more nutritious eggs. That’s certainly something to celebrate! I always view each egg laid by my hens as a true gift of Nature, for which I am eternally grateful. Now is the time to celebrate our hens and the eggs they produce. How will you celebrate World Egg Day?
ABOVE: I always view each egg laid by hens as a true gift of Nature.