Eggs are one of the most commonly found items on our grocery lists today. But do we ever think of where that egg came from. Most of us know that it was most-likely a chicken, but I am talking deeper than that. I am talking about knowing more about your eggs and what they can do for you.
People have been farming chickens for years, but the egg industry has changed over this time. As more people demanded to have this food we take for granted at their meal tables, the industry has grown and grown. Large companies have stuffed chickens into cages and fed them meals that were insufficient to any of the chicken’s dietary needs and promoted only savings to the farmer’s wallets. The chickens have been mistreated and harmed in ways that we would consider illegal if done to the cats and dogs we share our home with.
Though the cruelty of these animals has been severe, it has let up quite a bit as backyard and cage-free chicken farms have popped up all over the US in the past few years. Buying eggs from local, cage-free farms has become easier than ever, and is even a “cheeper” option at an average of twenty-five cents and egg. This has not only decreased the amount of chickens abused, but has also helped the environment by decreasing the amount of trucks that transport the eggs to your super market.
Eggs have not only created one of the biggest industries in the world, but they are also good for you too. They are loaded with protein, and the yolks contain choline which is a nutrient essential for brain and nerve function. Many people think that the color of the egg can tell how fresh it is or how healthy it is, but this is a common myth. The pigmentation of the egg is related only to the color of the chicken’s earlobes. A white hen with white earlobes will produce a white egg, while a red hen with red colored earlobes will usually produce a red or pinkish egg.
As far as freshness, an egg can be tested for this by simply by submerging them In water. As eggs age, they release carbon-dioxide which causes the inside of them to expand. So the eggs that float closer to the bottom are the freshest. Those that are floating should be thrown out as this is a sign that your egg has gone bad.
Eggs have come a long way and have always been a big part of our culture, so i find it important for us to know where our eggs are coming from, learn the benefits of eggs, and being able to use this popular food to help our local farmers grow.
-Andrew D. Morrison