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Eggs! The Benefits of Being Sunny-Side Up

October 11, 2013 —
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Did you know that October 11 is World Egg Day?

Like most people, you probably go to the grocery store and eventually end up in the dairy aisle, where, unless you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you probably pick out a dozen eggs and place them into your cart without a second thought. They’re pretty much a staple food—from savory breakfasts to the sweet wonders of baking.

Eggs appear in many different aspects of our society, including nutrition, math, and children’s poetry. Since today is World Egg Day, we at Wolfram|Alpha wanted to share some egg-cellent queries that might scramble up some new interest in the little buggers.

For starters, there are three main parts to an egg: the shell, the yolk, and the white (also called the albumen). They each contain different nutrients and macrobiotics:

chicken egg shell constituents, egg white constituents, egg yolk constituents

What does this mean for you when you eat them? Well, for such a small snack, a single egg packs a significant amount of protein. And don’t be alarmed by the cholesterol content in the yolk—it’s the healthy kind that’s actually good for your heart!

egg white, egg yolk

But it seems the US is already on top of the benefits of eating eggs—egg consumption has been steadily increasing over the last twenty years:

egg consumption in US

Just make sure they’re not green…

Do you like green eggs and ham?

And remember that variety is key! (Mathematically speaking, that is.)

Egg shape

So cook up some omelets, bake a cake, and celebrate World Egg Day—just don’t leave your eggs sitting on a wall:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall...


I get really egg-cited about such health-oriented posts. Thanks!

P.S. This made me wonder if, when I get low on Calcium, I can put some egg shell into my breakfast as a supplement? I wonder if the body can break it down and use it.

Posted by Tal Einav October 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Sure, this works. You can eat a whole egg if are out in the wild 🙂

    Posted by Mabie October 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Folks, never heard of worlds Egg day, seems pretty cool 🙂

Posted by Josh Trenser October 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Great post! Always wondered about the high cholesterol in eggs, but you’ve put my mind at ease. Guess I know what I’ll be having for lunch this afternoon!

Posted by Shawn Lawler September 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

This is the first time I read about World Egg day. Good to know that the cholesterol in yolk is the healthy kind.

Posted by Arisanto Gani February 8, 2015 at 5:42 am

Ha! More interesting facts from Wolframalpha!

I have been eating two eggs for the last twenty years every morning and I really do think its the key to my good health!!

Posted by Carly Wilson February 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

I love my eggs in breakfast but never knew about the cholesterol content in it. Good to know that the cholesterol in eggs is good for the health.

Posted by Luke Palmer May 1, 2015 at 11:31 pm