World Egg Day is celebrated on the second Friday of October every year to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs and their important role in one’s life. This year, October 13 is celebrated as World Egg Day to highlight the food product’s role in feeding people around the world. World Egg Day was established at the IEC Vienna 1996 considering its a protein-rich food and consumed widely across countries. The proteins in eggs are important in the development of the brain and muscles. It also plays a key role preventing disease and contribute to general well being. On World Egg Day, we share with you 15 facts about the importance and nutritional value of eggs. Along with proteins, eggs also have vitamin D, B6, B12, selenium, and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper.
Various events and campaigns are held across the globe to promote the contribution that eggs that fulfilling the nutritional requirements of the global community. Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Austria, Romania, United Kingdom, Canada, Ghana, Colombia, Pakistan, Brazil, Spain, Croatia, Irish, Hungary, and Denmark have also organized events to promote World Egg Day. India is celebrating the day by distributing 2600 boiled eggs to six schools across the Jalgaon district in Pune. The event will also witness some exciting programme with school children, government officials, and industry representatives.
Here are 15 facts on eggs you should know:
1. Eggs are amongst the few natural food products that have the highest nutrition amount.
2. There are apparently hundred ways to crack an egg.
3. Sun and bright white egg both will help you get the scarce Vitamin D.
4. Eggs contain choline that is good for your cognitive health.
5. First egg – Omelette was supposedly made by ancient Romans.
6. Eggs reduce chances of birth defects.
7. You will not need night vision goggles if you eat eggs, as it helps in improving night vision.
8. Eggshell can be crushed into tiny pieces and can be used to clean tough stains on pots and pans.
9. Eggshell can be crushed and used as a garden fertilizer to as it is rich in calcium and other minerals.
10. Eggs can be used on hair to make it softer and healthy.
11. An egg is a pill for ‘balanced diet’, as it has all the basic nutrients like- calcium, protein, amino acid, sodium etc.
12. Eggs are good for improving heart health.
13. Chances of developing a breast cancer can be reduced by eating eggs.
14. Over 50 million eggs are donated by the egg industry to help the underfed and malnourished.
15. Eggs are environment-friendly, they have low carbon footprints.
The Philippine Egg Board have arranged a family fun run day, encouraging people of all age groups and fitness levels to participate in their run on October 15, 2017. The American Egg Board has organized several activities to celebrate World Egg Day including online marketing campaigns ‘Egg Recipes from Around the World’ providing different egg recipes from ethnically inspired flavors from places.