to know them is to love them...
are packed with a range of nutrients including protein, essential
vitamins A, D, E, and B group as well as minerals iron, phosphorus
and zinc. They're relatively low in saturated fat, making them
a healthy fast food for all the family. They're low in calories
with only around 80 kcals per medium egg - so they are great
if you're on a diet, especially combined with vegetables and
salads as part of healthy balanced meals!
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy. They
contain a wealth of vitamins, minerals and protein. In particular,
they contain B vitamins that perform many vital functions in
the body and are especially rich in vitamin B2 riboflavin, important
in the release of energy in the body, and vitamin B12 needed
for normal blood formation.
Eggs are a source of vitamin D, which is involved in the absorption
of calcium and phosphorus and is necessary for bone health.
They also contain vitamin A - essential for normal growth and
development and vitamin E that is necessary for cell protection
from the damage caused by free radicals.
Eggs contain many essential minerals, in particular phosphorus,
essential for healthy teeth and bones, as well as iron, which
is essential for red blood cell formation and zinc, for the
normal function of the immune system.
Trace elements are also present in eggs, especially iodine,
required to make thyroid hormones, and selenium, an important
antioxidant. Antioxidants work by preventing the damage caused
by uncontrolled oxidation in the body and are believed to help
protect against diseases such as heart disease and some cancers.
Eggs are a great source of choline. Although not an essential
nutrient, because it can be made by the body, dietary choline
has become the focus of recent interest because of its role
in brain function. Studies in animals suggest that choline intake
during pregnancy might influence development of the baby's brain
in the uterus, but this has not been proven in humans. For more
information on the health benefits of eggs go to: www.nutritionandeggs.co.uk
Lion Quality Mark
The Lion Quality mark on egg shells and egg boxes means that
the eggs have been produced to the highest standards of food
The Lion Quality Code of Practice was launched in 1998 and includes
compulsory vaccination against Salmonella Enteritidis of all
pullets destined for Lion egg-producing flocks, independent
auditing, improved traceability of eggs and a "best-before"
date stamped on the shell and pack, as well as on-farm and packing
station hygiene controls.
The Lion Quality mark, which is a registered trademark, can
only be used by subscribers to the BEIC on eggs which have been
produced in accordance with UK and EU law and the Lion Quality
Code of Practice.
Approximately 85% of UK eggs are now produced to Lion Quality
Since its introduction in 1998, the Lion mark has been extremely
successful so much so that, in 2001 a Government committee (the
Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food) produced
a report highlighting the effectiveness of poultry vaccination
in reducing human salmonella cases by half.
This has since been reinforced by the Food Standards Agency
which has confirmed the success of the UK egg industry in overcoming
salmonella in eggs. In its survey, published in 2004, it tested
more than 28,000 UK-produced eggs and no salmonella was found
inside any of them.
The status of UK egg production as among the safest in the world
was confirmed in a report by the European Food Safety Authority
published in 2007. Several EU countries reported levels of salmonella
of public health significance on their flock holdings of more
than 50%, while the UK figure was only 8%. The vaccination programme
stipulated in the Lion Code of Practice ensures additional protection
against salmonella for British Lion eggs.