Surprise! The USDA took a look at eggs for the first time in nine years, and discovered the albumen-filled orbs are healthier than before: hen eggs have 14 percent less cholesterol and 64 percent more Vitamin D than in 2002.
Apparently, farmers have been feeding their hens grub that's been fortified with a vitamin D supplement, which may have contributed to the nutritional makeover.
Before you go reaching for a double carton of eggs, the new stats don't necessarily mean it's healthy to scarf down a dozen a day (the Egg Board might disagree).
As the Washington Post's Checkup blog points out:
"[E]ven a single hard-boiled egg wouldn't meet the standards the Washington Post follows for 'healthy' recipes. Those criteria allow a serving of a main-course food to contain no more than 80 mg of cholesterol. A side dish, such as soup or salad, may contain only 40 mg."
So you can feel a bit better about indulging in eggy dishes. Just remember: much like alcohol and chocolate, eggs are best consumed in moderation.