The humble egg is indeed a superfood …
Every time you crack open an egg you’re receiving the goodness of:
- Protein: Eggs contain the highest quality protein on the planet because they provide all the essential amino acids in proportions that match human requirements.
- Vitamin D: Egg yolks are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D. This is especially important during winter when it becomes more challenging to obtain sufficient sun exposure. An average serving of 2 eggs provides 82 percent of the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones, muscles and overall good health.
- Vitamins A, E and B12: Eggs contain many vitamins including vitamin B12 and are a source of vitamins A and E. Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy skin, while also promoting good vision and a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radical damage. Vitamin B12 is essential for brain and nervous system function and also assists in proper blood formation.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These are essential for a healthy heart and joints.
- Antioxidants: Eggs naturally contain antioxidants which play a role in eye health.
- Iron: Iron helps to produce haemoglobin which carries oxygen through the blood.
At Saragossa we are lucky enough to have not only chicken eggs but also have a constant supply of quail and turkey eggs from the farm.
Quail eggs have a similar flavour to chicken eggs, but their petite size (five quail eggs are usually equal to one large chicken egg) and pretty, speckled shells have made them popular in gourmet cooking. The shells range in colour from dark brown to blue or white. At Saragossa we like to pickle our quail eggs and use it on our lunch time salads or as a healthy snack for high tea.
Turkey Eggs vs Chicken Eggs
An egg is an egg is an egg it seems to be. The duck egg, quail egg, and ostrich egg have all been found to be similar to a chicken egg. So, is there really a difference between a turkey and a chicken egg? We often use turkey eggs for baking and if our guests are adventurous and would like to try a turkey egg for breakfast we happily fry some up for them. The general consensus always is that turkey eggs do in fact taste just as scrumptious as a chicken egg!
The Goodness of Eggs
By Anna Venter