Friday, December 2, 2011

Eggetarian?

When actress and model Namrata Shirodkar,  reached the top 5 position in Miss India contest, she along with the other 4 beauties was asked  to jot down the answer to the  question, 'Who came first, the chicken or the egg? Prove it!'  Her seemingly simple and convincing answer tipped the scales in her favor and she won the Miss India Crown in 1993.

According to the Bible, the chicken came first:
"And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And God said, 'Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.'"     Genesis 1:10-20.
A painting from 14th Century
The correct answer to this question has baffled philosopher from Pluto to Stephen Hawking.  Whatever be the truth,  hens had been domesticated in Europe since 600 B.C.
A lot of people who are vegetarians , also call themselves as Eggetarians.


Here is some interesting Trivia about eggs:
 Chickens came to the New World with Columbus on his second trip in 1493. 
  Eggs were colored, blessed, exchanged and eaten as part of the rites of spring long before Christian times.
  At the time of the French Revolution, the clever French already knew 685 different ways of preparing eggs.
  There are now 200 breeds of chickens. 
  An average hen lays 300 to 325 eggs a year. A hen starts laying eggs at 19 weeks of age.
  In cooking, eggs are "the cement that holds the castle of cuisine together." because of their ability to bind, leaven, thicken, emulsify, clarify, and more in all types of recipes.
 Eggs contain the highest quality protein you can buy. Egg protein has the perfect mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build you own tissues. In addition, eggs have thirteen essential vitamins and minerals 
  Egg yolk is the major source of the egg's vitamins and minerals. 
  A large egg contains only 75 calories and 5 grams of fat.
Eggs are egg-ceptional foods. They are whole foods, prepackaged sources of carbohydrates, protein, fat and micronutrients. Yet, their eggs-quisite nutritional value should not be surprising when you remember that an egg contains everything needed for the nourishment of a developing chick.
Eggs are composed of a yellow yolk and translucent white surrounded by a protective shell that can be white or brown, depending upon the breed of the chicken. The shell's color is not related to the quality or nutritional value of the egg itself.

In addition to their wonderful taste and nutritional content, eggs hold an esteemed place in cooking since due to their food chemistry, they serve many unique functions in recipes, including coagulation, foaming, emulsification and browning.

Here are 10 reasons why you should eat eggs regularly: 

1. Eggs are great for the eyes. 

2. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts

3. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.

4. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease  In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke  and heart attacks 

5. They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.


6. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.

7. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person's lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.

8. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.

9. Eggs may prevent breast cancer.

10. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12