Eggs add the perfect punch of protein to our diets. Raising hens for eggs means that you have easy access to one of the few high quality affordable sources of protein. Another reason to say nothing beats poultry farming in your backyard! An interesting egg fact is there are 12 essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids contained in an egg. So what exactly are these wonders contained in an egg?
Briefly, the nutrients in an egg are Protein, Vitamin D, Choline, Vitamin B12, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Iron, Thiamin, Vitamin E, (Selenium and Zinc) and Phosphorus. While this list has many recognizable components on it, it does not tell us what the nutrients in eggs really do for our bodies. Below is grouped research into five categories to help show how the nutritional components of eggs nourish our bodies and our minds.
Fetal Development – While all the components in the egg are good for nutrition during pregnancy, Choline, Folate, and Zinc play significant roles in healthy fetal development. Folic Acid is found in prenatal vitamins. These three nutrients play an important role during the neural tube formation in early fetal development.
Bone Health – Eggs are high in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed for bone health because it plays a big part in calcium absorption.
For Muscles – Eggs are a significant source of protein, coming in at 6 grams of protein per egg. In addition, eggs are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine of the amino acids. The high quality, affordable protein from eggs helps our bodies build muscles.
For Brain – Choline to the rescue again. Choline is a vitamin-like substance that is usually grouped with the B vitamins. Not only does it contribute important nutrients during fetal development, but it also keeps our brains healthy as adults. Choline plays a significant role in memory. So as we age, eating eggs can be a good thing!
For General Good Health – The disease fighting nutrient, Lutein, along with Zeaxanthin and other carotenoids, are important in eye health. These same nutrients are also essential in fighting disease.
As we raise our backyard chickens, it is important to know what to feed chickens so that they lay healthy eggs. Feeding a nutritionally sound formula provides all the essentials your hen needs to lay delicious, protein packed eggs for your family meals. An interesting fact about chickens is that feeding treats high in the carotenoids, Luteins, and antioxidants, gives the egg yolks that beautiful deep rich orange color. The eggs laid by your backyard hens are an amazing source of protein.