20 Myths and Facts About Eggs You Should Know

Eggs are one of the best sources of complete protein available. Eggs are also rich in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. For such a complete food, eggs are one of the least expensive.

Eggs are easy to find and flexible enough to be cooked with other foods. They can be combined into a wide range of sweet and savory recipes. It is a simple meal that takes only a few minutes to prepare.

Eggs have a lot of myths surrounding them, despite being such a basic food. There are several misconceptions and false facts about eggs, many of which are untrue.

What makes particular eggs unique and different in color? Is it true that consuming raw eggs makes you stronger? It’s impossible to tell what’s true and what’s not when there are so many false facts like the ones above.

We take pleasure in knowing the truth and the facts about eggs. We are eager to put these egg myths to rest once and for all.

You’ll learn the truth about several common egg myths in the sections below. So it is time to refute those common egg myths that are simply untrue once and for all.

Myth #1: For Chickens to Lay Eggs, You Need a Rooster.

Fact: This is one of the most believable myths, and many people will believe it. Many believe the flock needs a rooster in order for the hens to lay eggs.

But the fact is, even without a rooster, your chickens will produce eggs every day. Even though those eggs aren’t going to hatch into chicks,.

Myth #2: Fertilized Eggs are Healthier than Unfertilized Eggs.

Fact: Some may think eggs that are successfully fertilized are healthier than non-fertilized eggs. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Both fertilized and unfertilized eggs contain the same nutrients and proteins. The difference is that only bullseye-shaped white marks on the yolk indicate a fertilized egg.

Myth #3: An Egg That Floats is a Bad Egg And Not Safe To Eat.

Fact: Some of you may know that once air enters an egg, it will no longer sink when placed in a glass of water. That egg will instead rise off the bottom and eventually float.

A floating egg in the water does not always indicate a poor egg. It just signifies that the egg has aged. 

The correct way to find out whether eggs are good or bad is by cracking them and looking at the yolk. A discolored yolk or white, along with a smell or odor, are better indicators of a rotten egg.

Myth #4: Brown Eggs Are Healthier Than A White Eggs

The diet of the chicken and the freshness of the egg both affect an egg’s nutrient composition, which is a fact. The quality of eggs has nothing to do with the color of the shell. Brown and white eggs are nutritionally similar in terms of calories, vitamins, and minerals. So both are not different.

What makes the difference in the color of egg shells is the breed of chicken. Some chickens deposit more pigment into the eggs late in the egg-laying process, hence forming a darker brown shell color.

Myth #5: Eggs’ Color Depends On The Color Of A Chicken’s Feather Or  Earlobes

Fact: This myth is overly simplistic. This is true for certain chicken breeds, but not always. Most chickens produce varied egg colors. Despite the fact that white Leghorns lay white eggs and brown Rhode Island Reds produce brown eggs, this is not always the case.

Myth #6: Eating Only Egg Whites Is Healthier

Fact: It is true that egg yolk contains cholesterol, but it is also rich in nutrition. Although egg whites lack cholesterol and fat, they also have less flavor, nutrition, and minerals.

Recent research has found that dietary cholesterol, such as that present in eggs, has minimal effect on raising a person’s cholesterol levels.  You’re missing out on all of the good stuff in the egg yolk if you skip them.

Recipe: Apple Sausage Egg Skillet Recipe

Myth #7: Quality of Egg Yolk is Depends of Quality Of The Hen’s Life

Fact: This myth is difficult to debunk since it may be true. A hen’s egg yolk color tends to be deeper orange if it consumes more carotenoid foods. But chickens that consume a diversified diet on a farm, including alfalfa, dandelions, basil, parsley, pumpkins, cabbage, and other greens, also produce bright orange yolks.

However, commercial feed firms add marigold and maize to the flock feed to increase the brightness of the yolks of the eggs laid by their caged chickens.

Myth #8: A Blood Spot in an Egg is Signed That It Has Been Fertilized

Fact: Another common misunderstanding is that if you find a blood spot or mark on an egg, it indicates the egg has been fertilized. That isn’t right. A blood spot or stain in an egg is just a broken blood vessel that ruptured during the egg’s formation. It’s nothing to do with fertilizing eggs.

A white bullseye on the egg yolk indicates fertilized eggs. If you crack open fertilized eggs, there will be a bullseye-shaped white mark on the yolk

Myth #9: Salmonella is Present in All Eggs

Fact: Not all eggs are contaminated with salmonella. It is estimated that only 1 in 20,000 eggs is.

Someone may have contracted salmonella by eating raw or undercooked eggs. This is why you need to fully boil and cook eggs before consuming them. By doing so, it will kill all salmonella bacteria along with other pathogens.

Myth #10: Eggs Must be Refrigerated

Fact: There is different processing for fresh eggs we get from farmers and eggs we get directly from shops.

Fresh eggs from a backyard farm or farmer’s market can be kept at room temperature for a few weeks. However, eggs that we get from shops most of the time have been washed before. Then they were put in boxed cartons and delivered to your grocery store. These eggs must be refrigerated.

Every time a hen lays an egg, the outer shell receives a thin layer of “bloom.” The thin layer will block out air and bacteria, keeping the egg fresher for longer than a washed egg. Fresh eggs should be cleaned and washed immediately before cooking.

Myth #11: It’s Impossible To Peel Fresh Eggs

Fact: When you cook fresh eggs with boiling water, they will most likely not peel easily. This is because air hasn’t had time to infiltrate the eggshell’s pores. The inflow of air pushes apart the two membranes that separate the egg white from the shell. That is why an older egg peels more easily.

You don’t have to wait for your eggs to go bad before cooking them. There is a workaround for peeling fresh eggs.  Simply steam them for 12 minutes over a saucepan of simmering water, then chill them in a bowl of ice water. You will find that any eggs laid that morning will peel easily.

Myth #12: Eggs Should Be Cracked On A Bowl’s Side

Fact: You see it on TV commercials and TV cooking videos all the time. When cracking eggs, the host always does it on the side of a bowl. But this is not a pragmatic way to do it.

You better break an egg on a flat, level surface, such as your kitchen top or chopping board. By doing so, there is less risk of shell fragments getting into the egg white. It also lowers the possibility of eggshells jumping and getting into your batter or bowl.

If a small bit of shell gets into the white, simply wet a clean finger and touch it to the eggshell. The shell should adhere to your finger, allowing you to lift it out.

Myth #13: Raw Eggs Have More Protein

Fact: Eating uncooked eggs in your food carries a higher risk of infection. The same thing applies to putting raw eggs in your milkshakes. Some may say that boiling eggs will reduce or diminish the protein in them. But the truth is, you’ll be significantly less healthy if you get food poisoning than if your eggs were boiled.

Recipe: Egg Fried Rice with Sliced Pork

Myth #14: Pregnant Women Should Not Consume Eggs

Fact: Some might advise expectant mothers not to consume eggs. They say their child will develop an allergy. This, however, is a myth.

An egg is a complete protein, vitamin, mineral, and amino acid supply. As a result, it is advised to consume eggs, as well as other foods such as fruits and vegetables. The important thing is to make sure the eggs are fully cooked in boiling water. This recommendation applies to everyone.

Myth #15: Toddlers Should Not Eat Eggs

Fact: There are potential allergies to consuming eggs for your kids.But allergies associated with eggs only affected 2% of children. It is OK to start giving protein-rich foods to babies as soon as they reach the age of seven months. You can begin with a small amount; 2 tablespoons should be a good number to start with. Then add the quantities one at a time and watch your child’s reaction.

Everything is fine if the allergy does not manifest itself within four days. It is better to seek your pediatrician’s consultation.

Myth #16: Eggs Have High Cholesterol and Should Be Avoided

Fact: Eggs should not be avoided. They are a good source of protein and safe to consume on a daily basis. Rather than cholesterol in foods, the amount of saturated and trans fat (the “bad” fats) we consume from other foods has the greatest impact on our blood cholesterol levels.

Eggs are minimal in saturated fat, have no trans fat, and have a low cholesterol content. The majority of the fat in eggs is unsaturated fat, which is essential for our health.

Myth #17: Eggs Should Not Be Cleaned or Kept In Refrigerators

Fact: This health rule is country-dependent. In certain places, some may prefer to leave eggs in a room rather than put them in the fridge.

When an egg is washed, you are removing its natural protective layer. It’s critical to keep a product cool to keep it fresh and free of bacteria. This approach extends the shelf life of the product by nearly 50%. In Europe, washing eggs is forbidden in order to preserve their natural protective covering

When an egg shell is moist, it becomes more porous, making it easier for bacteria to enter. Dirty eggs should be thrown away, not washed.

Myth #18: White Eggs Help Remove Wrinkles

Fact: White egg masks created at home are very popular these days. It helps smooth out our skin and helps us get rid of wrinkles. But how can it work in real life? The whites form a thin barrier that can be readily washed away as water evaporates from the skin’s surface.

Eggs are high in protein, as well as vitamins E and B and biotin. Our hair and nails become brittle as a result of a lack of essential nutrients. Only if we consume eggs will these body components remain secure and sound.

Myth #19: Quail Eggs are Richer in Nutrients

Fact: Although quail eggs have more protein, vitamins, and beneficial components than chicken eggs, the difference isn’t substantial. To get the results, you must consume a large number of quail eggs on a daily basis.

It’s worth noting that quails can get salmonellosis, so eating their eggs fresh isn’t recommended.

Myth #20: Bad Eggs Always Have a Bad Smell

Fact: Anyone who has ever smelled a rotten egg has that foul odor imprinted on their mind. Unfortunately, we can’t rely on our sense of smell to determine whether or not an egg is rotten. Even though an egg smells and tastes OK, it could still contain salmonella.

To avoid salmonella and illness, throw out any cracked or unclean eggs right away. Keeping your hands, utensils, and cooking surfaces clean and dry is also important.

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