Did you know that last year the UK consumed approximately 10.5 billion eggs? That’s an average of about 178 per person.
Have you ever thought about where they come from?
Unfortunately not everyone has the space/time, or indeed the desire to keep chickens. If you buy your eggs from your local supplier or supermarket you may rightly think that the eggs have been sourced from the local farms around your area. This isn’t always the case.
The Egg Miles tool will allow you to enter a code that is found on each egg you buy and will tell you which part of the country it has come from.
Egg Traceability Explained
Got a recipe with egg numbers instead of sizes? Our handy guide will help you convert them.
Eggs are now sold in four different sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Very Large (these replace the old sizes 0 to 7)
|New Size||Weight*||Old Size|
|Very Large||73g +over||Size 0
|Large||63 – 73g||Size 1
|Medium||53 – 63g||Size 3
|Small||53g + under||Size 5
*Each size band starts at the minimum weight and includes eggs up to, but not including, the maximum weight, for example a large egg can be 63g-72.99g.
The British Egg Information Service recommends using large eggs in recipes that specify the old size 3 egg, for example, scrambled eggs, pancake mixture, cakes, soufflés and meringues. However, recipes often vary, so some trial and error may be required for certain dishes.
Egg nutrition and health
The answer to the question ‘are eggs good for you’ is a resounding yes! Eggs are one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods and fit into many diets and lifestyles. You’d be hard pressed to find a food that contains such an ideal mixture of nutrients. Along with high quality protein, eggs are also naturally rich in vitamin D, B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, iodine, selenium and other essential dietary vitamins and minerals.
Egg nutrition information
Eggs are highly nutritious – they contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals and are one of the best sources of high quality protein.
Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium and iodine. They also contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline, and other essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus.
Egg nutrition breakdown.
|Nutrition Information||Per Small Egg (48 grams)||Per Medium Size Egg (58 grams)||Per Large Egg (68 grams)||Per 100 grams|
|Energy kcal (calories)||54||66||78||131|
Eggs and cholesterol
In the past it was thought that people should limit the number of eggs they eat because they contain cholesterol, but current evidence suggests that dietary cholesterol does not increase the risk of heart disease in most healthy people. Recommendations on limiting egg consumption have now been relaxed by all major UK heart and health advisory groups, including the British Heart Foundation and the Department of Health.
Eggs and weight loss
As with any food, the method you use to prepare and eat eggs can have an impact on the overall effectiveness of your approach to weight loss.
Whether you’re frying or scrambling, the amount of fat or oil you use to cook your eggs will have an effect on your food’s final calorific content. To minimise the amount of added fat, use spray oils or just wipe the pan with a tiny amount of oil and opt for a non-stick pan.
Whilst eggs are relatively low in calories and can be a valuable part of a reduced calorie diet, it’s the total balance of the diet and a generally healthy lifestyle, including increased exercise levels, that is important if you want to lose or maintain your weight.
Try to eat your eggs along with other nutrient-rich foods, such as vegetables, salads and whole grains.
As they contain high quality natural protein and many other beneficial vitamins and minerals, eggs are an ideal dietary component when eating for exercise. Whether you’re aiming to build muscle, lose weight or generally get fitter and healthier, eggs can play a key role within a balanced diet to help you achieve your goals.
Why are eggs so good as part of a fitness regime? Here are a few facts …
- Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy
- Eggs are rich in high quality protein
- A medium egg contains fewer than 70 calories
- Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12 and vitamin D
- Eggs contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline
- Eggs contain essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus, iodine and selenium
- The previous limits on egg consumption due to their cholesterol content have now been removed