Articles - A Healthy Diet:

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Brown or white? Organic or non-organic? Worried about levels of blood fat? Almost no other foodstuff is surrounded by so much myth and misunderstanding.

 

Brown eggs are different to white ones: The only difference between white and brown eggs is the colour of the shell, which depends on the breed of hen which laid them. Animals with white feathers and light-coloured ears usually lay white eggs, whilst hens with dark feathers and red ears lay brown ones. There is absolutely no difference in terms of nutritional value, taste or cooking characteristics. So brown eggs are no more natural or healthy than white ones.

Organic eggs are healthier: Whether organic eggs really are healthier than conventionally produced ones depends entirely on the diet of the hens concerned. It’s true that organic hens are given 100% organic feed, but they do not necessarily eat grass. A study carried out by Penn State University showed that eggs from hens which ate grass and insects actually contained a much higher proportion of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A, E and D than ones which did not.

The yolks of organic eggs are darker: Do battery hens lay eggs with light yellow yolks? The colour of the inside of the egg depends on the feed eaten by the hens and not on their living conditions. The higher the proportion of grain, the lighter the yolk. If beetroot or carotene is added to the feed, this makes the yolk darker.

Eggs are full of cholesterol: It’s true that eggs do contain a lot of cholesterol, but it is not bad for you. The human body is constantly generating its own cholesterol; if it’s added from an external source, the body usually slows down its own production.

Eggs go off quickly: During the winter months in particular, the eggs in our supermarkets come from Australia or South Africa. The long journey does not do them any harm. If stored correctly, eggs will actually last for four to six weeks. If you want to test whether the egg you want to have for breakfast is still fresh, simply put it in a bowl of water. If it sinks to the bottom it is fresh, if it floats then it would be better not to eat it.

 

Author: Hendrik Jürgens

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