When can babies eat eggs? We have the answer.

The humble egg has been pretty controversial over the years. First, we thought they were too high in cholesterol; then we added them back in for their protein and brain-building nutrients. Pediatricians used to recommend waiting until your baby was 12 months old to try eggs because of the risk of food allergies. Now that’s changing, too.

When Can Babies Eat Eggs?

Most babies can try eggs at around 6 months old. Once your baby has become familiar with starter foods like baby cereal, pureed fruits and pureed veggies, it’s safe to start adding in eggs and other possibly allergenic foods. Pediatricians now believe that introducing foods like eggs and peanuts earlier could prevent food allergies later on. This is great news for parents concerned about reactions.

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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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Not all babies will be ready for eggs this young. If your baby has severe eczema or other known food allergies, most pediatricians recommend waiting to try eggs until 12 months.

How to Spot an Allergy

When starting any new food with your baby, it’s best to wait 3 to 5 days before adding in another new food so you are able to recognize a possible reaction. It’s also best to try eggs at home as opposed to out at a restaurant or friend’s house. Just in case your baby has an allergic reaction, you’ll want to be at home to manage it or call your doctor if needed.

Your baby will probably tolerate eggs just fine but look for reactions that affect her skin, digestion or breathing. A skin reaction could include hives, redness, swelling or eczema. If your baby experiences diarrhea or vomiting after breakfast, she may have an egg allergy. More serious reactions include wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heartbeat and low blood pressure.

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When it comes to eggs, understanding what you're purchasing is a must! Check out this slideshow to learn how you can buy the best eggs.

Color of the Shell

Believe it or not, this actually doesn't matter. While white eggs are a popular favorite, these days, brown eggs are more fashionable than ever.

Grade

The grade of an egg is based on overall quality of the white, yolk and cleanliness of the shell. During a process called candling, the air cell of the egg is measured, which helps determine the condition of the white and the yolk. Blood spots, the white sticking to the shell and firmness of the white are all factors when determining the overall grade.

Most eggs sold in stores are grade A.

To learn more about the grading process, please click here: mofga.org

All Vegetarian Feed

Did you know that chickens aren't vegetarians? That's right, they prefer bugs and worms to accompany their grasses and grains. The description means that the feed does not contain any animal byproducts.

Conventional Chicken Feed

Typically based on corn and soy, this feed can also include slaughterhouse waste.

Organic Feed

Organic feed contains no animal byproducts, toxic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms.

Organic

The chickens at these farms were organically fed. In most cases, this also means that the hens were not fed antibiotics, unless being treated for an illness.

No Antibiotics or Hormones

This label means exactly what you would expect.

Omega-3 Enriched

Hens are fed supplemental Omega-3 via flax, fish or other means. When purchasing, check the package for a specification on the amount of DHA, a superior and beneficial type of Omega-3.

Farm-Fresh

To be honest, in the world of eggs, this means very little.

Cage-Free

The hens are not kept in individual cages and are "free" to roam around. However, this is somewhat irrelevant without knowing the details of their living space. Most hens are still kept in tight quarters, with little or no escape to the outside world.

Free-Range

Technically, this really means that the hens are granted access to the outdoors in some way. It could be an open space, or just a small doorway.

Pastured Eggs

Pastured eggs are raised on pasture, opposed to confined in a warehouse and fed only grains. In order to produce the tastiest and most nutritious eggs, hens need to have accessibility to grasses, bugs and worms. This is one of the most ecologically sustainable and humane ways to raise hens and ensure healthy production. A healthy, happy hen equals success!

Pastured eggs have a dark yellowish-orange egg yolk, six times as much vitamin D, less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamin A, more Omega-3, more vitamin E and more beta carotene.

What to Look For: Organic eggs

While these are usually the most expensive option in the store, this doesn't necessarily tell you much in regard to the upbringing of the hens. It does however mean that they were organically fed, and not given antibiotics.

What to Look For: Pastured eggs

Source local eggs raised ethically and not industrially. Look for local farms! Having difficulty? Check out these websites to see if there is a location near you to secure the best eggs! Go to: Eatwild.com or Localharvest.com

Now that you know what to look for when buying eggs, check out our favorite egg recipes!

Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce

Studies have shown that people who eat eggs for breakfast tend to lose weight. Here, eggs are cooked in an antioxidant-rich tomato sauce.

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Toasted Farro and Scallions with Cauliflower and Egg

This dish is inspired by a Moroccan porridge called herbel. It’s traditionally made with barley, milk, butter and cinnamon, but is great with other grains such as farro instead of barley.

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Hash-Brown Eggs

In this easy recipe, simply fry chopped onion and grated potato in a cast-iron skillet, add grated cheddar, crack in 2 eggs and season with salt and pepper.

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Scrambled Eggs With Smoked-Salmon

Serve these scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toasted whole-grain bread.

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Guacamole-Stuffed Eggs

Leftover guacamole serves as a delicious stuffing for hard-boiled eggs.

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Fried Egg and English Muffin Stacker Thing

This monster egg sandwich is not really an open-face sandwich but more of a “stacker.”

Get the Recipe: Fried Egg and English Muffin Stacker Thing

Truffled Garlic Egg Brioches

There’s a whisper of earthiness that comes from the garlic and the texture of eggs in the hollowed warm brioche is like clouds. All it needs then is some truffle or thyme and a glass or two of Moet.

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According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, most egg allergies resolve on their own in childhood. So if you do notice a reaction to eggs, your little one should fortunately outgrow it.

How to Prepare Eggs for Your Baby

It’s best to keep the eggs simple. One way to start is by peeling a hard-boiled egg and mashing the yolk up with breast milk or formula. You could then feed it to your baby with a spoon or break it into tiny bite-sized pieces for her to pick up.

Try mixing scrambled eggs into your baby’s homemade infant cereal to help her get used to the new taste and texture. Or, to keep mornings easy, prepare yummy egg muffins ahead of time.

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Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs by Food & Wine

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Lemon, Parsley and Parmesan Plus Bread, Prosciutto and Egg by Martha Stewart

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pizza by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Veggie Breakfast Sandwich by Jelly Toast

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Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Bacon Hollandaise by Domestic Fits | Jackie Dodd

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Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce by Food & Wine

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Roasted Red Pepper and Kale Frittata by Martha Stewart

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Soft Scrambled Eggs with Smoky Seasonings & Chives by Home Skillet | Jenn & Seth Kendall

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Bacon & Egg Rolls with Almond & Chili Pesto by Simply Delicious | Alida Ryder

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Mini Hash Brown Quiche by Garnish & Glaze | Melanie Dueck

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Baked Eggs in a Basket by An Edible Mosaic | Faith Gorsky

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Southwestern Spicy Frittata by Kitchen Belleicious | Jessica Maher

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Chicken Hash with Eggs by Food & Wine

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Eggs Benedict Waffle by The Daily Meal

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Brunch Time Asparagus Spaghetti with Baked Egg by Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} | Shelley Liu

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Ratatouille Toasts with Fried Eggs by Food & Wine

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Eggs Benedict with Manchego, Tomatoes, & Proscuitto and a Sage Hollandaise Sauce by Adventures in Cooking

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Smothered Cauliflower with Eggs by Food & Wine

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Shirred Eggs with Ham and Tomato by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Poached Eggs with Bacon Crumbs and Spinach by Food & Wine

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Poached Eggs Parmesan by Michael Symon's 5 in 5 | Michael Symon

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Mini Egg, Rice and Spinach Frittata Muffins by Belleicious Kids | Jessica Maher

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Mini Quail Eggs in Prosciutto Nests by Martha Stewart

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Chicken Sausage and Egg Breakfast Cups by Organize Yourself Skinny | Tammy Kresge

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Cheesy Kale Prosciutto Brunch Melts with Eggs by The Woks of Life 

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Avocado, Tomato and Feta Toast with Poached Eggs by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen | Susan Palmer

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Potato Coins with Fried Eggs by Taking On Magazines | Christiane B. Potts

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Raw Asparagus Salad with Tomatoes and Hard-Boiled Eggs by Food & Wine

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Cheesy English Muffins with Smoky Balsamic Red Pepper Compote and Fried Eggs by An Edible Mosaic

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Easy Frittata with Greens and Cheese by Eating Made Easy | Amelia Winslow

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Churrasco (Ecuadorian Steak) and Eggs with Green Chili Sauce
by Hola Jalapeño | Kate Ramos

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Cold Soba and Cucumber Noodles with Soft-Boiled Eggs by Brooklyn Vegetarian | Amy Jennings

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Grilled Cheese Egg in the Hole Sandwich by I Bake He Shoots | Mondo Fowler

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Butternut Squash and Apple Frittata with Bacon and Cheese by The Usual Bliss | Amber Howe 

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Egg in a Basket with Smoked Turkey and Asparagus by Weeknight Wonders | Ellie Krieger

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Leftover Baked Eggs and Chili Eggs by Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} | Shelley Liu

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Grilled Asparagus with Pecorino and Meyer Lemon-Poached Eggs by Food & Wine

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Charred Tomatoes with Fried Eggs on Garlic Toast by Martha Stewart

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Frittata with Pea Shoots and Bacon by Jelly Toast

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Fried Egg-and-Bacon Puff Pastry Squares by Martha Stewart

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Hummus Deviled Eggs by Food & Wine

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Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt, Eggs, and Mint by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Egg-and-Tomato Breakfast Sandwich to Go by Martha Stewart

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Mascarpone Scrambled Eggs with Garlic Toasts by Taking On Magazines | Christiane B. Potts

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Crustless Asparagus Quiche by Chez Us | Denise Woodward and Lenny Ferreira

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Toasted Beer Cornbread with Avocado, Crispy Pancetta and Poached Eggs by Hola Jalapeño | Kate Ramos

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Spring Vegetable Frittata by Whipperberry

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Potato & Corn Frittata by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Pork Roll, Egg and Bagel Grilled Cheese by Grilled Cheese Social | Mackenzie Smith

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Baked Mexican Eggs by Eatori | Tori Haschka

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Potato and Egg Tacos by Campbell's Kitchen

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Fried Egg with Kale Pesto by Home Skillet | Jenn & Seth Kendall

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Taylor Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin by Grilling 24x7 | John Thomas

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Mushroom and Scallion Frittata by Martha Stewart

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Truffled Garlic Egg Brioches by Eatori | Tori Haschka

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North Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs by A Brown Table | Nik Sharma

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Sriracha-and-Wasabi Deviled Eggs by Food & Wine

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Sweet Potato Crust Quiche by Live and Love to Eat | Claire Marshall

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Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon by Kitchen Daily Editors

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