15 Things You Didn't Know About Eggs

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15 Things You Didn't Know About Eggs

Eggs are a tremendous ingredient to add to just about any meal. Since they can be prepared in so many ways, read on for more information on the versatile treat.

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Water Can Determine If An Egg Is Still Good.

If you place an egg in a tall glass of water and it sinks, then it is safe to eat because it means that the yolk is still heavy. Egg yolks shrink as they age and this creates air bubbles. If the egg floats, then it is time to throw it out.

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Egg World Records

Howard Helmer, a former American Egg Board representative holds three Guinness World Records for omelet making. Helmer has won for making 427 omelets in 30 minutes and has made the fastest single omelet taking 42 seconds (from whole egg to omelet). He has also completed 30 omelet flips in 34 seconds.

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Eggs Can Stand.

It is said that during the vernal equinox around March 21when the sun crosses the equator, making day and night equal everywhere, it is possible to stand an egg.

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Expiration Dates Aren't Exactly Right.

The expiration or sell by date on an egg carton doesn’t necessarily determine when an egg will go bad. The best by or use by date will better assess the quality of the eggs.

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Spinning Can Determine An Egg's State.

You can spin an egg to tell if it is raw or hard-boiled. Since the hard-boiled egg is filled with solids rather than liquids it will spin easily. A raw egg will wobble because the liquids are still present.

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Eggs Are A Good Hangover Cure.

This is due to their high content of cysteine, which helps to break down the cause of the hangover, acetaldehyde. Eggs also help to get rid of the toxins that alcohol leaves behind.

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Eggs Come From Other Birds.

Chickens aren’t the only birds who lay eggs. Eggs can come from emu, goose, ostrich, duck or quail.

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Eggs Aren't Only White.

Chicken eggs come in more colors than white and brown. Different breeds of chickens produce different colors. Some eggs can even appear blue, blue-green, reddish brown or speckled.

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Hens Lay A Lot Of Eggs.

An average hen can lay 250 to 279 eggs per year.

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Good Source Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is generally associated with the sun, but you can get 10 percent of your daily intake by eating an egg.

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Synthetic Eggs Are On The Rise.

A San Francisco start-up is trying to make egg-less mayonnnaise and other egg-less products.

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Eggs Have A Lot Of Pores.

Eggs have 7 to 17,000 tiny pores on their shells. They also can absorb odors in the fridge, so make sure to keep them in the carton.

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Yolk Color Is Determined By Diet.

The plant pigments in a hen's feed affect the color in the yolk in a certain way. Natural yellow or orange substances like marigold petals can be used to enhance the color of the yolk.

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Most Eggs Come From...

China! In China, approximately 160 billion eggs are produced a year, while the US produces about 65 billion eggs a year.

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Eggs Contain Almost All Essential Vitamins.

Eggs have all the essential vitamins you need except for Vitamin C, and they also contain all the essential proteins and minerals that your body needs.

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They don't call them "incredible" for no reason.

Eggs are an ever-popular staple in meals that boast a variety of nutrients and protein. Americans eat on average 250 shell eggs yearly. We eat them at all times of day, frying them up for our favorite breakfast omelet and baking them in delicious frittatas for dinner. Despite of how much and often we eat this protein powerhouse, you'd be surprised to find that there's a whole lot more to discover about this remarkable food.

Want to learn a simple trick to tell if an egg is still fresh? And did you know that it is possible to have an egg stand straight on one day of the year? From the truth behind their expiration date to their amazing health benefits, we'll let you in on 15 little-known facts.

Check out the slideshow above for 15 things you never knew about eggs.

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