What to Know about Eating Eggs

Eggs are usually pretty inexpensive, especially around Easter. Be sure and take advantage of the good prices and use eggs in the Spring.

Eggs and Allergies

Eggs are one of the common foods that people can be allergic to. It is recommended that children under 1 year of age do not have eggs. If there are egg allergies or food allergies in your family, talk to your pediatrician about when to start eggs with your baby.

Eggs, Protein, and Pregnancy

When you are pregnant and trying to eat healthy, adding eggs can be a great way to add extra protein. One egg has about 6 grams of protein. Eggs are part of the meat, fish, poultry, and bean group in the food pyramid. Eggs can be a smart choice if you are sensitive to the smell of cooking meat when you are pregnant. Eggs are quick and easy to prepare. Eggs are an excellent source of choline. Choline is a nutrient that helps in fetal brain development. It also helps reduce the risk of certain birth defects.

Food Safety

Eggs can occasionally have a bacteria called Salmonella on the shell. Ingesting salmonella can give you food poisoning. Here are some egg safety tips:

  • Store raw eggs in the refrigerator in the carton.
  • Throw away any cracked eggs.
  • Cook eggs before eating.
  • Refrigerate cooked eggs if they are not going to be eaten right away.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw eggs.

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Nutrition News

March 2008

From your nutritionist, Ann