Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Eating Eggs

Easter has come and gone along with religious ceremonies and Easter egg hunts. I think most of us think about chocolate and the Easter bunny, but rather than focus on chocolate at this time, I thought I would focus on eggs.

Eggs can play a role in a healthy diet, and like many food should be eaten with variety and moderation in mind. In Canada's Food Guide, 2 eggs count as a serving of Meat and Alternatives. Eggs are an affordable source of quality protein, are quick to cook, and are versatile enough to be eaten at any meal. One standard large egg contains 70 calories, 5 g of fat, 1 g of carbohydrate, and 6 g of protein.

That same egg also provides:
Vitamin A 10%
Calcium 2%
Vitamin D 15%
Riboflavin 15%
Vitamin B12 50%
Iron 6%
Vitamin E 15%
Niacin 8%
Folate 8%
(source: eggs.ca)

Did you know?
the colour of the egg is determined by the breed of hen; there is no nutritional difference between white and brown eggs.

There are specialty eggs available that may or may not have different nutrient values.

Steph Wheler