Bounty Fresh, the country’s top egg producer, is taking the lead in promoting the health benefits of consuming eggs daily in the country through various initiatives including spearheading the celebration of World Egg Day this month.
This year’s event will be the onset of Bounty Fresh Eggs’ yearly celebration of World Egg Day. Similar efforts have been done in other countries like Australia, USA, The UK, France, Brazil, Austria and neighboring Asian countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, to name a few.
World Egg Day 2017 was held in Atrium Mall Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City last October 12.
Rylee and I attended the event. We had fun in the different booths for games like Wheel of Eggtune, Gold on Scrambled, and Eggsketball.
There were also informative talk and cooking demo.
Nutritionist speaker Ailyn Mae Kuan-Del Rio, RND, MSCN discussed about the nutritious benefits of eating eggs daily. Here are some of my take-aways:
- Egg is cheapest source of high quality protein
- We can eat up to 3 eggs per day
- Both brown eggs and white eggs are equally the same. I thought brown eggs are organic, hindi pala. hihi...Brown eggs laid by bigger chickens with red earlobes while white eggs are laid by smaller chickens with white earlobes
Dr. Ailyn also discussed how to determine freshness of eggs.
- Place the egg in a bowl or glass of water.
- If the egg lays on its side at the bottom, it is still quite fresh.
- If the egg stands upright on the bottom, it is still fine to eat, but should be eaten very soon, or hard-boiled.
- If the egg floats to the top, it's past its prime, and not good for eating.
Why this method is accurate
Eggshells are very porous. Over time air passes through the shell into the egg, and its shelf life diminishes as more air enters the shell. Also, the more air that enters the shell, the more buoyant the egg becomes.
Ms. Stephanie Zubiri shared her recipe of Egg Frittata using the high quality and premium eggs from Bounty Fresh as the main ingredient. It is very simple and easy to do. I will definitely try this dish.
The Golden Egg Yolk
With its state of the art facilities and using healthy feeds on layer hens to ensure high quality eggs, Bounty Fresh has become the Gold Standard in the Philippines as far as eggs are concerned. Given its standing in the industry, Bounty Fresh wants more Filipinos to add eggs into their regular meal because they are affordable sources of protein, vitamins and minerals necessary in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“Despite their affordability, the Philippine consumption of eggs is among the lowest in Asia. This is because of the misconception that eggs are bad for the health because of the cholesterol. We want to correct this misconception,” Chen adds.
Nutri-filled specialty eggs
Vitamin E enriched specialty eggs
Omega - 3 specialty eggs
Organic selenium specialty eggs
Cage-free specialty eggs
So how does Bounty Fresh achieve high quality eggs? It starts with giving its layer hens the best care and comfort by housing them in environmentally controlled and fully automated houses that are tunnel ventilated. These hens are also given complete vaccination against diseases and are subject to a medication program designed to boost their immune system.
The layer hens are also given the best nutrition formulated by the company’s nutritionist to ensure that it meets the nutrient requirements for body maintenance and optimum production, that is, they can lay the number of eggs expected from their lifetime; with the eggs at the optimum size and covered with high quality egg shells to prevent the entry of bacteria and contaminants; and good quality albumen (white egg) and yolk rich in finest nutrition found on eggs.
Once the eggs are produced, they are brought to storage facilities using a fully automated conveyor. From the chicken house straight to the egg rooms, the eggs are fully secured to make sure that they don’t get in contact with contaminants and bacteria. This procedure will ensure that eggs are fresh and clean, making them safe for human consumption.
At the egg storage facilities, the eggs are then selected and graded by a fully automated computer programmed grading machines. This process ensures that:
- Dirty eggs and eggs with cracks or “hairline” cracks that are not visible to the eye are removed when they pass through the so-called “candling area” section of the conveyor.
- Eggs are sorted by the machine and not by human hands to prevent contact with contaminants.
The eggs are stored in optimum temperature that will ensure freshness and quality of the albumen and yolk. A quality assurance team randomly inspects the eggs to confirm meeting the standard quality that the company has set or fixed.
As attested by credible agencies such as the Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), eggs are very good source of affordable, high quality protein. They are rich in vitamins D, B2, B6 and B12, as well as a good source of minerals such as zinc, iron and copper, as well as choline.
Because of the vitamins and minerals found on eggs, consuming them will help strengthen muscles, boost the health of the brain, bolster energy production, promote a healthy immune system, as well as lower the risk of heart diseases mainly because of choline, which helps in breaking down the amino acid homocysteine that is associated with the development of heart diseases.
Eggs are also healthful for pregnancy as the nutrients help prevent congenital disabilities such as spina bifida. Moreover, eggs aid weight loss and maintenance, improve eyesight and promote healthier skin.
Happy World Egg Day 2017!