Free Range Eggs

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Here are some key facts about free range eggs

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The colour of an egg yolk is determined by hen’s diet. The more yellow and orange plant pigments there are in the grain fed to a hen, the more vibrant the colour of the yolk will be.

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An average free range hen lays between 290 and 320 eggs a year.

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If you have eggs of questionable freshness, fill a bowl with enough water to cover the eggs, then add them to the bowl. If an egg sinks to the bottom, it’s fresh. If it floats to the top, it’s not. This happens because as an egg ages, it develops a larger and larger air pocket in its shell.

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The other colors within an egg vary with its age and other factors. Egg whites that are cloudy indicate that the egg is very fresh, according to the Egg Safety Center. Clear egg whites indicate an egg is aging; pink or iridescent egg whites indicate spoilage, and these eggs should not be consumed.

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Different breeds of chickens produce different colours of eggs. In addition to the typical white and brown, some chickens produce blue, blue-green, reddish-brown, or even speckled eggs.

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Eggs contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals and egg yolks is one of the few natural foods than contains vitamin D.

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Find out what’s in an egg

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_accordion][vc_accordion_tab title=”Energy value”][vc_column_text]The calories in an egg will vary depending on the size and how it is prepared. However, on average a medium-sized egg will contain around 70 calories, an average small egg will contain around 55 calories and an average large egg around 80 calories.

With their significant protein, vitamin and mineral content and relatively low saturated fat content, eggs have a low energy density and are a valuable component in a healthy diet.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Protein”][vc_column_text]Eggs are an excellent source of natural protein and are also relatively cheap when compared to other high-protein foods such as meat.  Although protein can also be found in the yolk, it is the egg white (albumen) that has the most.

Egg protein is a rich source of the essential amino acid leucine, which is important in modulating the use of glucose by skeletal muscle and in facilitating muscle recovery after exercise.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Vitamins and Minerals”][vc_column_text]Vitamins and minerals are essential for our bodies to function healthily and to provide the nutrients for growth and repair of our bones, teeth, skin and organs. Eggs are a natural source of vitamins and minerals.

Eggs contain vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B2, iodine, phosphorus, calcium, thiamine, and riboflavin.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Fat”][vc_column_text]Fats are an essential part of any diet. Around 9% of the egg content is fat. The fat of an egg is found almost entirely in the yolk; there is less than 0.5% in the albumen.

Most of an egg’s total fatty acid composition is monounsaturated (approximately 38%). About a further 16% is polyunsaturated and only 28% is saturated. An average medium size egg contains 177mg cholesterol, about 12% less than eggs contained twenty years ago.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][title title=”Egg Recipes ” align=”text-center” underline=”1″][vc_posts_grid loop=”size:4|order_by:date|order:DESC|post_type:recipe” grid_columns_count=”4″ grid_layout=”image|link_post,title|link_post,text|excerpt,link” grid_link_target=”_blank” grid_layout_mode=”masonry”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”ww-default” full_width=”false” row_link_color=”” row_link_color_hover=”” same_height=”” animation=”” enable_parallax=”” parallax_speed=”0.5″ bg_video_src_mp4=”” bg_video_src_ogv=”” bg_video_src_webm=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]