The lowdown on eggs
You’ll find everything you need to know about eggs right here. There’s handy information, tips and the latest health and nutritional information. And lots of facts. Because there’s a whole bunch of misconceptions and untruths about eggs. We’re here to set the record straight.
Eggs are packed full of nature’s good stuff. In fact, every egg contains 11 essential vitamins and minerals. Factor in they’re an unbeatable source of protein and are low in carbohydrate and sugar, and you have something pretty special.
Like with all good things, however, there has been some negative perceptions around eggs, nutrition and health. Most of them are just plain wrong. In fact, the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council had this to report recently: “There do not appear to be any increased health risks associated with consumption of eggs.”
Our good friends at Australian Egg Farmers have compiled the latest health and medical reports in an easily digestible form. Plus they have the nutritional information at hand too. Get informed
For more detailed nutritional information, head over to the Egg Nutrition council. Get more
1. National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Dietary Guidelines. 2013, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing: Canberra.
Eggs & Hormones
Eggs and hormones, the myth’s busted.
According to a study by the Australian Food and Grocery Council, more than 80% of people think hens are pumped full of growth hormones. And the flawed logic goes that so are the eggs. Wrong, wrong and wrong.
The Australian egg industry doesn’t feed hormones to laying hens. Indeed, hormones were banned in poultry farming way back in the 1950s. Sometimes, sick birds are administered food safe antibiotics under strict veterinary supervision.
Bottom line: all eggs sold in Australia are free from added hormones.
Free Range Facts
Firstly, the Trade Practices and Competition and Consumer acts, along with the Food Standards Code, strictly control the marketing and labelling of Australian eggs. Simply, what’s on the carton has to be in the carton. We also guarantee that our eggs are produced in accordance with the voluntary Model Code of Practice for the welfare of animals: domestic poultry.
Our commitment to free range production, however, extends beyond ‘what’s required’. Not only have we implemented best practice procedures that monitor our free range egg production – from farm to store – we also submit ourselves to independent third party auditing.
Finally, we’ve partnered with food traceability company Oritain to verify the origin of all our free range eggs. Right down to the specific farm they were laid at. The verification test is scientific, rigorous and completely independent.
All of that means when you buy Farm Pride free range eggs, you can have complete confidence they’re exactly that.
The Fresh Egg Test
Test the freshness of your eggs the easy way. No machinery, equipment or special knowledge required. Simply place your egg in a bowl of water. A fresh egg will generally lie on the bottom of the bowl.
Use this as a general guide only as there are other factors that might cause an egg to float, for example a thinner shell.
Double yolk, what gives?
Absolutely nothing, that’s what. While the double yolk is uncommon, it’s completely natural. All it means is that the egg was laid by a young hen. Simple as that. It’s still an utterly delicious egg, although with extra yolk.
The lowdown on yolk colour
Quite simply, yolk colour is merely an indicator of a hen’s diet. Yolk colour doesn’t indicate an egg has more or less nutritional value. Or if it’s fresher or not. Nor are there any hard facts that link a darker yolk with increased flavour either. It’s purely reflective of what the hen has been eating.
After more information? Then head over to Australian Egg Farmers for a very informative article on what’s inside an egg.
Egg Size & Weight FAQ
There’s no real mystery about egg sizes – generally young hens lay smaller eggs. As the hen matures, the eggs get bigger. That’s generally the way it goes, but young hens can also lay big eggs, including double yolkers.
The weight listed on the egg carton indicates the total weight of all eggs in the carton. Some eggs in the carton might be a bit smaller, others a bit larger, but together they make up the weight listed. Pretty simple, really.
Final fact: size and weight, just like with shell colour, have no bearing on how an egg will taste.
A common misconception is that eggs are bad for your cholesterol. Recent research has thoroughly debunked that old myth by showing that eggs, as part of a balanced diet, don’t increase cholesterol levels in normally healthy people. Indeed, a recent CSIRO study has linked higher egg consumption with having a better quality diet.
For more comprehensive information on eggs and cholesterol, we encourage you to visit the Heart Foundation.
Bird Flu & Eggs
- Australia is free of AI that can transfer to humans
- There are currently no cases of AI infection in any Australian commercial egg laying flocks
- Australia is a world leader in biological security practices
- All Australian eggs are produced under strict quality and safety regulations
- There are no known cases worldwide where humans have contracted AI from eggs
- Australia prohibits the importation of fresh eggs for consumption
More detailed information can be found at the Australian Federal Government Department of Agriculture and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
How to store eggs
Storage Tip #1
Here’s an interesting fact to bear in mind. An egg deteriorates faster depending on how it’s stored, rather than how long it’s stored for. So to maintain the quality of your eggs, always keep them in the refrigerator. Besides, eggs don’t like the temperature increasing – they lose freshness really fast – so the fridge is the best place for them anyway.
Storage Tip #2
It’s also preferable to store eggs well away from onions and other strong-smelling foods. Because eggs – on account of being porous – can absorb odours. And you don’t want that.
Storage Tip #3
Our final tip is that eggs are best stored in their cartons with the pointy end facing down. Sounds obvious, it is obvious, but apart from the insulative qualities of the carton, this ensures the yolk is kept centered and the egg cell free from damage.
There’s a heap of great egg-related websites on the internet. For your information, we’ve collected our favourites right here.
Australian Egg Farmers
Our friends at the Australian Egg Farmer run a great website packed with lots of useful information – nutrition, the latest research, tasty recipes and lots of facts and tips.
Egg Nutrition Council
As the name suggests, this Australian organisation is all about eggs and nutrition. In-depth, rigorous, interesting and easy-to-digest, it’s got all the nutritional content you need.
International Egg Commission
This website features a heap of fascinating facts, including how World Egg Day is celebrated around the globe.