The egg is used around the world as a symbol of the start of new life and they are given to celebrate Easter or springtime. Eggs are so much a part of our everyday lives that some of us might have forgotten their many benefits: nutrition powerhouse, economic protein, culinary necessity and delicious taste. Here's some fun and helpful info about this wonderful little ellipsoid.
Eggs contain the highest quality protein with just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues, second only to mother's milk for human nutrition.
Eggs have 13 essential vitamins and minerals. The yolk is the major source of most of them, including naturally occurring Vitamin D.
One large egg contains only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat and one egg white has just 17 calories and zero fat.
Eggs are good for your eyes because of the high quantity of lutein, a caroteniod that might help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Eggs are rich in choline, a nutrient that helps to boost brain health and one large egg contains more than one-half of a woman's daily requirement for this essential nutrient.
Eggs are rich in B vitamins, especially riboflavin and vitamin B12.
Replace one whole egg with two egg whites in most recipes to save some calories and fat.
Whipped egg whites contain tiny air bubbles. When whipped egg whites are added to other ingredients, they make the dishes light and fluffy.
The best breading takes three steps: 1. dip in flour 2. dip in mix of whipped milk, whole eggs and egg whites 3. breadcrumbs
Beaten whole egg or yolk brushed onto food items before baking will give it a gloss or glazed finish.
Whipped egg yolks can hold other ingredients together that do not normally mix, like oil does with vinegar
The most expensive egg ever sold was the Faberge "Winter Egg" sold in 1994 for $5.6 million.
In France, the bride breaks an egg on the threshold of their new home before stepping in, for luck and healthy babies.
At the time of the French Revolution, the French already knew 685 different ways of preparing eggs, including, of course, the omelet.
In the Guiness World Records for omelet making, 427 two-egg omelets were made in 30 minutes by Howard Helmer.