Eggs have always been a key component of American’s diet. In fact, until we became primarily an urban society, always rushing to get to our jobs and classrooms, eggs were on the breakfast table each day for almost every man, woman, and child. Eggs provided the energy for a hard working day. While lifestyles have changed, eggs remain one of the single most nutritional and enjoyable foods today. In fact, each American consumes approximately 250 eggs per year. Approximately 70% of egg consumption is in the form of shell eggs and 30% in egg products. You probably are not aware of all the ways in which you consume eggs. Within the egg products sector of our business, many eggs are used as an ingredient in the manufacturing of other food items such as cakes, pasta, etc.
Eggs are a low-cost source of high-quality protein. Protein in the diet supplies nitrogen and amino acids that are needed to synthesize proteins in the human body. Eggs are used as the reference standard for measuring protein quality. As a recent article in the professional journal Nutrition Today put it: “There is no higher quality protein than that provided in eggs.”
Eggs also promote satiety – feeling full, not hungry. Studies have shown that when on a weight control diet eating an egg helps avoid the mid-morning hunger than can lead to excess snacking. Thus, eating eggs may help promote weight loss while providing a wide array of healthy nutrients.
Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Scientists are increasingly aware of the importance of choline, especially for pregnant women, and eggs are among the relatively few excellent sources. Choline also aids in brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter than helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.
Eggs provide small amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients which are part of the carotenoid family and contribute to eye health and help prevent and even slow the progression of common causes of age-related blindness, such as macular degeneration.
Speaking of the nutritional value of eggs, did you know besides providing energy from protein and fat, one large egg also contains levels of several B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12 and B6, needed for the body to produce energy? Because the protein in eggs is rich in the amino acid leucine, it plays a role in regulating blood sugar and helping muscles use energy efficiently. Eggs provide energy without causing a sudden rise in blood sugar or insulin levels, which can ultimately cause premature fatigue.
Some farm families long ago knew about the importance of eggs in providing them the energy for a hard-working day. While most of us may not be farm workers today, it does not change the fact that we all need as much energy as possible to get through our busy days.
13 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
• Choline (23% Daily Value): Essential for normal functioning of all cells, including those involved with metabolism, brain and nerve function, memory and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Choline also helps prevent birth defects, as well as helps promote brain and memory development in infants.
• Selenium (22% Daily Value): Acts as an antioxidant to prevent the breakdown of body tissues. Selenium works hand-in-hand with vitamin E to protect against some chronic diseases.
• Riboflavin (14% Daily Value): Helps to produce energy in all the cells of the body.
• Vitamin D (10% Daily Value): Works with calcium to strengthen bones and teeth.
• Phosphorus (10% Daily Value): Essential for healthy bones, teeth and cell membranes. Phosphorus is also required for energy production in the body.
• Vitamin B12 (8% Daily Value): Works to support normal digestion and nerve cell function.
• Pantothenic Acid (7% Daily Value): Helps break down food and assists body cells in producing energy.
• Folate (6% Daily Value): Promotes proper fetal development and red blood cell formation.
• Iron (5% Daily Value): Plays an important role in red blood cell production and oxygen transport.
• Vitamin A (5% Daily Value): Supports growth and maintains healthy skin, vision and immune function.
• Vitamin B6 (5% Daily Value): Keeps nerve transmission running smoothly and aids in protein in immune function.
• Zinc (4% Daily Value): Assists in maintaining immune function, as wells as body tissue growth and repair.
• Calcium (3% Daily Value): Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. This mineral also plays an important role in nerve function, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
• Protein (13% Daily Value): Essential for building and repairing body tissue and muscle, and aides in immune function. High-quality protein, like the protein in eggs, may also help people maintain a healthy weight. In fact, recent research shows that eating eggs for breakfast, as part of a reduce-calorie diet, helps overweight adults feel fuller for longer, feel more energetic and lose more weight.
• Dietary Fats: Most of the fat in an egg is unsaturated. Fats function as insulators and building blocks of hormones and cell membranes. Dietary fats help carry flavor and nutrients, provide texture and add satiety value.
Lutein & Zeaxanthin: Contribute to eye health and help prevent common causes of age-related blindness. Both antioxidants are found in the egg yolk and are believed to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and distorted vision. While eggs contain small amounts of these nutrients, research shows that lutein and zeaxanthin may be more bioavailable from eggs than from richer resources.
Unsure if you have a fresh egg or not? Drop the egg into a bowl of cool water. If it sinks, it's fresh. If it stays submerged with its wide end facing up, it is an older egg, but still good (perfect for making deviled eggs because older eggs are much easier to peel). If it floats, give it the heave ho.
Our family is proud to be a Rosemary farm family! We are very happy to have access to local cage free eggs; not everyone is so lucky! We're frequently helping Albertson's in Lompoc, sell out of them. I can recall in elementary school when I was a child, we incubated and hatched chicks from your farm. Thank you for the care you put into everything you do, it is an honor to have you as part of the central coast community!
I grew up in Santa Maria and grew up eating Rosemary Farm eggs. Well I went to the Tower Mart here in Marysville Ca. There were your eggs so I got them and guess what? Not only did they bring back memories they were as good as I remember if not better. Keep up the great job. You want quality you want Rosemary Farm eggs.
Just love these eggs! A couple of times got double yokes...reminds me of my childhood when my mother would call for me to show me double yokes saying it was our lucky day!