USDA Says Eggs Are Healthier (But Don't Eat More)

Feb 10, 2011
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
They all look the same, but they have changed. (Photo: Reuters Pictures)

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.

That news came courtesy of the folks at the American Egg Board, who happily alerted reporters that the nutritional data on the incredible edible egg had been revised. 

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. 

Show Comments ()

More on TakePart

Project Katrina: A Decade of Resilience in New Orleans