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Eggs represent one of the best examples of a complete food and, despite their simplicity, brim over with numbers that make them even more appealing. Here below are eight egg nutrition facts, interesting figures and unexpected egg record numbers!
2 the number of eggs you need to prepare a light, delicious and unusual dish. Are you sceptical? Then just follow our simple recipe for “scrambled eggs in a mug”, for cooking strictly in the microwave oven. For each person, put two eggs into a mug that has been previously greased and add 3 spoonfuls of full fat milk, preferably fresh. Beat with a fork, whisk-fashion, and when the mixture is smooth and even, put everything into the microwave at a high temperature for 40-45 seconds. As soon as you remove the mug, add salt, pepper and parmesan cheese, or any other mature grated cheese. It needs to melt slightly, but not entirely. Then just settle down in front of the TV and enjoy spooning up this delicious yet simple dish.
14 the number of nutrients in one simple egg. Among those particularly worthy of note are vitamins A, D, E; zinc and choline. So eggs are (extremely) good for us, so much so that nutritionists have now dismantled the theory that no more than 3 should be consumed in a week.
55 the grams of a medium-sized hen’s egg (as a rule they never weigh less than 50 grams). 5 of these grams consist of fats, 6 of proteins, 1 of carbohydrates (but it can even be as low as zero!) and 0.195 of cholesterol. Just a minute: does the mention of cholesterol concern you? By now, all the recent studies, such as this one, agree on the fact that, contrary to the widespread belief, eggs actually facilitate the action of HDL cholesterol, also known as “good” cholesterol, which eliminates the fats that are bad for the heart.
70 the kilocalories of an egg. A portion of two lightly boiled eggs may be digested in no more than two hours. Besides, it provides all the necessary daily intake of B12 (which is exactly what our body needs to protect our cardiovascular system!).
100 Euros per kilo is the average minimum price recorded for one hundred kilos of hen eggs in the last five years. Thanks to their cheapness and excellent nutritional value, there has been an average increase of around 6.5% in egg consumption in recent years.
150 the kilocalories of one portion of these fantastic scrambled eggs. Accompanied by a portion of vegetables, it makes a filling meal that is ideal for anyone on a diet or those who prefer to eat light. For all their simplicity, eggs never fail to amaze.
321 the number of eggs eaten per person every year in Mexico, the country which leads the charts of the world’s greatest consumers. It is closely followed by the USA, with 255, and then France with 248. So eggs, eggs and more eggs for everyone!
496 the billions of eggs produced by China annually. The Asian country leads the producer charts, followed by the United States (95), India (70) and Mexico (50). Germany is the biggest importer of eggs in the world. An enormous quantity of eggs are therefore produced by a population of around 5 billion egg laying hens. Although there are dozens of species, eggshells are basically of two types only: 50% are off-white and 50% are brown.