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Egg-cellent. Unexpected facts and benefits of eggs

We all love them and eat them in many forms and with almost every meal, from savory breakfasts to late night desserts. However, how much do we really know about them, and what makes them so egg-cellent?

Common Misconceptions

1. Brown eggs are more expensive than white ones but not because they are more nutritious or tastier.
Brown eggs are indeed more expensive, interestingly though, the price difference has nothing to do with its quality. Brown eggs are laid by a different breed of hens, that are larger than the ones that lay white ones, thus these hens require more food and hence incur more costs per egg produced even if both hens produce similarly sized eggs.

2. All eggs are hormone free.
There is much speculation around the notion that eggs and hens are filled with hormones, and even many producers promote their eggs as being hormone free, however all eggs are. Since 2006, here in Romania, all livestock is banned from being fed with any kinds of hormones. Thus, all eggs are in fact hormone free, despite the widespread misunderstanding. However, eggs are indeed allowed to be fed various antibiotics which can have an impact on us as well after consumption.

Nutritional Value of Eggs

1. Eggs are the ultimate hunger squasher.
Eggs are very rich in muscle building proteins and in healthy fats – studies show that those who eat eggs for breakfast are more likely to eat less during the day, as they already start the day with a healthy amount of nutrients. Eggs are also very low in calories; one whole egg contains 80 calories and an egg white has just 15.

2. Eggs can be heart healthy.
Eggs have a bad reputation of being high in cholesterol, however the American heart association conducted research and concluded that for a healthy individual, one egg a day (or 7 a week) is perfectly healthy. Furthermore, egg whites contain 0 cholesterol, and can be consumed with unlimited quantities. However, don't neglect egg yolks, they contain more nutrients and the same amount of protein! Also, for those with high cholesterol, take it easy with egg consumption, a maximum of 3 eggs a week is advised.

3. Eggs are a great source of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is most often ‘consumed’ through exposure to sunlight. Besides this, vitamin D is scarcely found in foods besides some fish, dairy products, and eggs. Vitamin D is very beneficial to the immune system and there is among the most neglected in consumption vitamins globally. To ensure you get the most vitamins out of an egg, avoid eating baked good with eggs or omelets and eat them fried or boiled.

Next time you eat eggs for breakfast, in baked goods, or with your meals, keep in mind these interesting facts and enjoy them even more! Don’t forget, daily you can find at our Mitzu Coffee Shop products that contain eggs in different forms – from sandwiches to salads or cakes. But also keep in mind, everything with moderation!

Have an egg-tastic weekend!

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