Eggs are an inexpensive superfood that can be eaten at anytime of the day. For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans include recommendations for birth to 24 months old and specifically recommend eggs as an important first food for infants and toddlers, as well as for pregnant women and lactating moms.
According to Emily Metz, president and CEO of the American Egg Board, “the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans confirm what the science has shown: eggs provide critical nutritional support for brain health, and they play a crucial role in infant development and prenatal health”. Eggs help make every bite count because 90 percent of brain growth happens before kindergarten, especially during the time that babies are just being introduced to solid foods.
Check out these facts:
• Size: Did you know that the size of the egg is based on the weigh and not diameter of the egg?
Size or Weight Class Minimum net weight per dozen
• Grade: The USDA checks the inside and outside of eggs for quality to decide their grade.
• Color : Eggs come in a variety of colors, but they all contain similar nutritional values. Eggshell color is determined by the breed of the chicken from which it came.
• Nutritional value of the egg will change based upon the chicken’s diet. For example a hen, regardless of color, that has a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids will produce eggs that have higher levels of this fatty acid than chickens, of the same color, that do not get the supplemental omega-3 fatty acids. The eggs of chickens with supplemented diets tend to cost more than those on a regular diet.
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