Colorado egg farmers and the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association are proud to join in the celebration of World Egg Day on October 14, 2011. Eggs are celebrated in many cultures around the world as a symbol of the essence of life and as an important source of food and nutrition.
“World Egg Day is the perfect opportunity to highlight the reasons we should enjoy eggs throughout the year,” said Jerry Wilkins of the Colorado Egg Producers Association, a membership organization representing seven farms throughout Colorado. “In addition to the fact that eggs are considered a fundamental component of people’s everyday diets around the globe, egg producers are committed to improving communities through regular donations to food banks throughout the state to help feed those in need.”
Countries around the world mark World Egg Day in different ways including festivals, cooking competitions, races and more to celebrate the “incredible edible egg”. There are many reasons to celebrate eggs, below is a list of the highlights courtesy of the International Egg Commission (IEC).
• Eggs are one of the most versatile foods on the market. What else can be scrambled, fried, poached, and baked? Egg whites make delicate meringues and elegant angel food cakes, while egg yolks enrich sauces, cakes and pie fillings.
• Eggs have a high nutrient density. In proportion to their calorie count, they provide 12 percent of the Daily Value for protein and a wide variety of other nutrients such as vitamin A, B6, B12, folate, iron, phosphorus and zinc.
• An egg’s protein quality is so high that scientists often use eggs as the standard by which the protein quality of other foods is measured.
• Two-thirds of the fat in eggs it is the healthy unsaturated kind. This type of fat helps the body use nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K.
• Eggs have always been a bargain, nutritionally and economically. Studies have found that eggs are one of the best protein buys.
• Egg yolk is an excellent source of choline, a nutrient considered essential for human health. Research has shown that choline is required for normal formation of brain tissue and memory and to play a role in preventing heart disease.
• Research indicates that increased protein and reduced carbohydrate intake stabilize blood sugar been meals, which can lead to reduced between-meal snacking.
• Children like eggs, too. Growing bodies need nutrients, and eggs make a wise food choice. Egg protein is a great source of nutrition for growing children to build muscle. Deviled eggs are fun and easy for children to make...and eat. Or, scramble an egg in the microwave and place it in a hot dog bun – you've got an egg dog ready to be topped with "whatever". For an egg burger, top a hamburger patty with a fried egg and serve on a bun.
While we all take time on Friday, October 14th to celebrate eggs, it is also important to acknowledge the great work egg farmers from around the globe – including right here in Colorado – are doing to help those in need. During the past year, members of the IEC have donated the equivalent of more than $7 million and a staggering 22,340,000 eggs to help people throughout the world in a wide range of projects.
CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community. During the last year, Colorado egg farmers have donated more than 1 million eggs to local charities, including food banks and homeless shelters, to help feed those in need. In September, CEP wrapped up a three-month social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter in which they donated one egg for every “like” and “follow” to Food Bank of the Rockies. This campaign will add more than 1,800 eggs to CEP’s regular holiday donation and help to provide more than 900 meals to those in need.
This fall, the CEP is also rewarding kids who egg-cell. Colorado elementary school students can enter to win an omelet breakfast for their school cooked and served by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar; representatives of Food Bank of the Rockies and Colorado egg farmers. For every student who enters, CEP will donate one egg to Food Bank of the Rockies to help feed those in need in time for Easter celebrations. Find out more at coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
CEP is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout Colorado. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing eggs to Coloradans. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. To see video of how chickens are raised in both cage and cage-free environments or to find a list of where to buy Colorado eggs visit coloradoeggproducers.com. Find CEP on Facebook at facebook.com/COEggProducers.