Some interesting facts you may not know about eggs!
The amount of grit that the hen eats and that goes into making an egg shell never changes through the course of a hen’s life. This means that when they are pullets producing little eggs the shells are quite thick and by the time the hen is producing large eggs the shell will seem thinner!
Although eggs are sold on size, the actual measurement is made on the weight of the eggs, so if you have a slightly smaller egg in your egg box you can be sure that it has been carefully graded and the weight is actually within the weight band as its neighbour!
- Medium eggs are 53-63 grams
- Large eggs are 63-73 grams
- Very large eggs are above 73 grams
The average hen lays between 250 and 270 eggs a year but some lay more than 300!
Each egg has varying amount of 13 essential vitamin and minerals plus 6 grams of high quality protein. It will contain all 9 essential amino acids.
Eggs are an excellent source of choline, selenium, iodine, vitamins B2, B12 and D, also phosphorus.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods that money can buy.
In the past it was thought that people should limit the number of eggs they eat because they contain cholesterol, but current evidence suggests that dietary cholesterol does not increase the risk of heart disease in most healthy people. Recommendations on limiting egg consumption have now been relaxed by all major UK heart and health advisory groups, including the British Heart Foundation and the Department of Health.
For more information visit the Lion Egg info Site