World Egg Day celebrated on 9 Oct

World Egg Day on 9 October brings together consumers to health professionals to celebrate the big benefits that come from such a unique package - the egg.

From its beginnings in 1996, World Egg Day has grown in stature and spread around the globe, reports the International Egg Commission. It is now celebrated with special events in an ever increasing number of countries from the Americas to Mongolia, Australia to China and all over Europe.

Each year, the big day is celebrated in great style, but always with great fun and interest unique to the individual country. Recent events included: egg festivals; celebrity chef & cooking competitions; special recipe promotions; children’s events; and, TV, radio and newspaper advertising.

From the IEC website:

So, what is there to shout about? Well, for centuries, eggs have played a major role in feeding families around the world.

For kids - well, they just love the taste. And as eggs are incredibly adaptable, from a lovely simple boiled egg and toast, through to their contribution to the most delicious recipes including omelettes, quiches, pasta dishes, noodles and salads - and not forgetting some mouth watering goodies like pancakes, pastries, meringues and mousses.

For Mums and Dads they are an unbeatable package when it comes to versatility and top-quality protein at a very affordable price. World Egg Day is helping to let them know that eggs are one of nature’s highest quality sources of protein, and indeed contain many of the key ingredients for life. The proteins contained within eggs are highly important in the development of the brain and muscles, have a key role to play in disease prevention and contribute to well being in latter life, particularly in relation to eyesight (avoiding macular degeneration).

All in all, the egg is a quite unique food - compact, affordable, with long lasting freshness and packaged superbly by nature. It’s enjoyed by people from every corner of the world and is a major contributor to a healthy nutritious diet. It’s worth shouting about, so remember to watch out for World Egg Day on 9 October.

Natalie Berkhout

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