ggs are an indispensable part of every kitchen. However, in this article, where we’ll address misconceptions and commonly misunderstood facts about eggs, we won’t be limited to just 9 pieces of information. Here are 15 lesser-known facts about eggs.
1. Egg Color and Taste
Although it is often thought that brown eggs are more flavorful than white ones, there is actually no difference in taste between the two differently colored eggs. The color of eggs is dependent on the breed and diet of the chicken and does not directly affect the taste.
2. Egg Storage Conditions
Contrary to popular belief, we don’t always have to keep eggs in the refrigerator. Particularly, eggs from farm chickens are usually not stored in the fridge. The habit of storing eggs in the fridge is not very common in Europe, whereas in the US, it is mandatory to wash and refrigerate commercial eggs.
3. Egg Cooking Temperature
While it is commonly thought that eggs should be at room temperature for baking, it has been observed that eggs taken straight from the refrigerator yield the same result. Therefore, you don’t need to pay special attention to the eggs being at room temperature when making recipes like cake, cookies, or pudding.
4. Egg Laying Date
The laying date of the egg is thought to be important, but this only applies when peeling the shell of boiled eggs. In other cases, there is no significant difference between fresh or slightly older eggs.
5. Eggshell Piercing
It is thought that before boiling eggs, you need to pierce a hole in the shell with a needle, but actually, this process does not make any difference. Instead of this, letting the boiled egg rest in cold water can be a more effective method for easy peeling.
6. Egg Boiling Temperature
Contrary to common belief, the water doesn’t need to be boiling for eggs to be cooked. Eggs can be slowly and evenly cooked in lower temperature water, which can result in a more flavorful egg.
7. Adding Milk to Omelettes
The necessity of adding milk while making scrambled eggs is a common misconception. In fact, the only dairy product you need is butter. Butter can give a wonderful taste and texture to your omelette.
8. Microwave Cooking of Eggs
While it is commonly thought that eggs should never be cooked in a microwave, in fact, eggs can be cooked in a microwave. However, avoid cooking boiled, i.e., solidified eggs in a microwave as the egg may explode.
9. Making Boiled Eggs
The idea that making boiled eggs is difficult is misleading. With the right techniques, making boiled eggs can be quite an easy task.
10. Nutritional Value of Eggs
Eggs are an excellent source of nutrients with their high protein and vitamin values. An egg contains essential nutrients like vitamin B12, phosphorus, and riboflavin.
11. Eggs and Cholesterol
There is a general belief that eggs increase cholesterol levels. However, the cholesterol contained in an egg does not have a significant effect on overall cholesterol levels.
12. Egg Allergies
Some people can be allergic to eggs. However, this usually occurs in childhood and generally decreases with age.
13. Eggs and Dieting
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods to consume when dieting. Thanks to their high protein content, they can help you feel full for longer periods.
14. Eggs and Eye Health
Eggs contain antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin that are necessary for maintaining eye health. These substances can reduce the risk of some eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration.
15. Eggs and Heart Health
Contrary to common misconceptions, moderate egg consumption does not increase the risk of heart disease for most people. In fact, some studies suggest that eggs might even have some heart benefits, such as improving your HDL (or “good”) cholesterol levels. Nonetheless, individuals with certain health conditions such as diabetes may need to exercise caution and discuss their egg intake with a healthcare provider.
In conclusion, eggs are a versatile and nutritious food that can be part of a healthy diet. They’re packed with high-quality protein and a range of important vitamins and minerals. But as with all foods, they should be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.