Did you know?
Eggs are packed full of natural proteins, vitamins, minerals and other essential elements required for a complete and balanced diet.
Eggs are one of New Zealand's favourite foods.
Eggs contains the highest quality food protein available.
Eggs contain 13 vitamins plus many minerals. An egg yolk is one of the few foods that contains vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.
One large egg provides 3% of the recommended daily intake for calcium, most of which is contained in the yolk.
Eggs are important in our diet
An egg contains the highest quality food protein available. Because it is so near to perfect, egg protein is often the standard by which all other proteins are judged.
Based on the essential amino acids it provides, egg protein is second only to mother's milk as the ideal for human nutrition. A moderate amount of fat, about 5 grams, is found in a Large egg yolk - approx 1.5 grams saturated and 2.5 grams unsaturated.
On a scale of 1-100 this is how the goodness of egg protein stacks up.
1. Whole egg: 93.7
2. Milk: 84.5
3. Fish: 76.0
4. Beef: 74.3
5. Soybeans: 72.8
6. Rice, polished: 64.0
7. Wheat, whole: 64.0
8. Corn: 60.0
9. Beans, dry: 58.