Cel­e­brat­ing eggs

Julie Moore marks World Egg Day

Your Chickens - - Feature | 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.

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