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World Egg Day Celebrates a Truly Super Food

October 13, 2016 · No Comments

World Egg Day has been celebrated on the second Friday in October since 1996. The celebration is intended to bring more attention to the often under-appreciated egg.   Even though the small but mighty food is packed with choline, lutein, calcium, and every essential vitamin except C, the egg has been plagued with myths and misunderstandings about fat content, cholesterol, and egg color differences for decades.  World Egg Day helps egg farmers throughout the world tell the story of a delicious, nutritious, convenient and affordable food.

On October 14th, the egg industry around the world will join forces for an “eggstraordinary” party. India, Nepal, Iran, Ireland, France, Nigeria, Mexico, Australia, the United States and many other countries that belong to the World Egg Organization will be boasting of the value of eggs.

“Eggs can make a crucial contribution to our diet on an individual level, and can also help to fulfil the protein requirements of the global community,” said World Egg Organization Director General Julian Madeley. “In both developed and developing populations – a high quality source of protein is a fundamental requirement. The significant role of eggs in delivering this essential nutrient cannot be overstated, so we hope to encourage as many people as possible to be part of this year’s celebrations.”

Some countries will host a variety of media activities to educate and entertain. In the U.S., The American Egg Board is partnering with Discovery Education to do a virtual field trip on an egg farm. AEB has also shared several of their favorite recipes in addition to a video series about an egg that travels the world for different egg recipes. The United Kingdom is promoting the hashtag #PutanEggonIt to inspire consumers, caterers and food manufacturers to eat eggs in different ways.

Other countries are using the day to do charity work. The Bangladesh Animal Agriculture Association will give away 5,000 boiled eggs. The Philippines egg industry will be hosting a Family Fun Run centered on the effects of malnutrition. 

You can celebrate World Egg Day too. Join in on the conversation and share how you celebrate with the hashtag #WorldEggDay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

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