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All About Eggs

Apr 10, 2013

Eggs are the ultimate breakfast food and an essential ingredient for all kinds of cooking and baking, in fact you probably have a carton of eggs in the fridge right now, but how much do you know about them? Find out more in All About Eggs!

The Chicken or the Egg?

Everyone has heard the eternal debate about what came first – the chicken or the egg, but in general you need chickens or other birds to produce the eggs we eat. Other animals, fish and reptiles lay eggs, but the ones you find in your local grocery store almost always come from chickens. Humans have been eating eggs since before the beginning of recorded history, in fact domesticated chickens could be found in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Here’s evidence: in a tomb in Thebes, Egypt there is a picture of a man carrying bowls of large eggs (probably ostrich eggs.)

Eggsellent Nutrition

Eggs are popular not just because they’re easy to farm and cook, but also because they can be an “eggsellent” source of nutrition. Let’s crack open what’s inside:

Egg yolks have considerably more cholesterol than the whites, so people on strict diets will often have omelettes with just the egg white. Another danger with eggs is salmonella, when handled properly this shouldn’t be an issue but you should never eat eggs that have cracked before you receive them and cooking an egg thoroughly will kill any possible salmonella bacteria within (salmonella can give you food poisoning.)

Did You Know...

Chicken eggs aren’t the only ones that get eaten. Othe popular eggs are quail eggs, duck eggs, pheasant eggs, emu eggs, ostrich eggs and caviar (whale eggs!)

Egg Fun Facts!

  • In the Middle Ages eggs were forbidden during Lent because they were rich
  • Ancient Romans used to crush egg shells to keep away evil spirits
  • The first egg carton was created in Smithers, British Columbia by Joseph Coyle in 1911, it was made of paper
  • The word mayonnaise comes from the medieval French word for yolk “moyeu.”
  • If a boiled egg is overcooked, a green ring might appear from the iron and sulfur inside
  • Many people who are concerned with animal welfare only buy free range eggs, which means instead of being held in cages the hens are allowed to wander around a farm and live their lives freely.
  • Fish eggs (roe) are often used in Japanese cooking

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What's your fave way to eat eggs?

  • scrambled
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  • omelette
  • boiled or poached

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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