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The Colorado Egg Producers Can Help You Become An Eggs-pert On Eggs

Monday, February 1, 2010

Eggs are one of the world’s greatest mystery foods. We all have our favorite way to eat them whether it is scrambled, sunny side up or over easy. But many Americans do not eat them at all. According to the American Egg Board (AEB), one out of four Americans still avoid eggs for fear of increasing their dietary cholesterol, even though 30 years of research has never linked egg consumption to heart disease. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is here to provide Coloradans with the real facts about eggs so you can enjoy them every day without worry.

“As local egg farmers, we consider ourselves eggs-perts on eggs,” said Terry Tormohlen, a Colorado egg farmer. “We want our community and consumers to also be eggs-perts so they can feel confident in what they and their loved ones are eating. For example, many people do not realize that one tiny egg contains 13 essential dietary nutrients – including high quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc.”

At a mere 75 calories an egg, eggs are an extremely versatile food and can be eaten alone as well as used in many recipes and in many prepackaged foods. Not only are eggs a great source of nutrition, but they also work well for families on a tight budget. Also, according to the American Heart Association, an egg a day can fit within heart-healthy guidelines for people with normal cholesterol levels.

Incredibleegg.org is an AEB sponsored Web site devoted to the incredible, edible egg! The site educates visitors on the benefits of including eggs in their daily diets and dispels many myths about eggs. Below are some interesting facts you may not have known about the small, white oval-shaped breakfast food.

  • MYTH: Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs. Many people believe that brown eggs contain more nutrients than white eggs. Actually, they both provide the same nutrients and the color of the shell does not reflect the nutrients on the inside.
  • FACT: The color of the egg is determined by the breed. Various breeds produce eggs. For example, a white-feathered hen with white ear lobes will lay white eggs and a red-feathered hen (or brown) with red ear lobes will lay brown eggs.
  • MYTH: It is healthier to eat only egg whites. While the white of an egg, or the albumen, does contain more than half of an egg’s total protein, the yolk contains a significantly higher proportion of the egg’s vitamin. Many people exclude the yolk in their eggs because it is more fatty, but by doing so essential nutrients are being eliminated.
  • FACT: Eggs can absorb outside odors. The eggshell is compromised of many tiny pores. As the egg ages, these tiny holes allow moisture and carbon dioxide to move out and air to move in to form the air cell. If you store an egg next to a food that releases a strong scent, the scent can be absorbed into the egg causing your breakfast to taste like dinner last night. You can avoid this by keeping your eggs in their cartons.

Looking for ways to spice up your eggs? Try this great recipe for baked eggs and spinach at only 121 calories!

Baked eggs and spinach
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, squeezed dry
4 eggs
1/4 cup chunky salsa
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (1 oz.)

1. HEAT oven to 325°F. DIVIDE spinach evenly among four greased 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups. PRESS an indentation (about 2-inch diameter) into center of spinach with back of spoon. PLACE on baking sheet.
2. BREAK AND SLIP an egg into each indentation. TOP evenly with salsa, then cheese.
3. BAKE in 325°F oven until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 20 to 25 minutes.

About CEP:
CEP, a membership organization representing seven family farms throughout Colorado, is committed to doing what’s right for the community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing eggs, a high quality, protein-dense food, to Coloradans, while providing the best care possible for our hens. Colorado egg producers are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown or white eggs.
 

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