Do You Know Nutrition: All you need to know about eggs

June 7, 2010 at 1:07 a.m.
Updated June 8, 2010 at 1:08 a.m.

By Phylis Canion

Q: I hope you can answer some egg questions for me. Do brown eggs have a higher nutritional value than white eggs? Can you look at an egg and tell if it is fresh? Is there a special secret to keeping the yolk in the middle of the egg when boiling for making deviled eggs? And I accidently put some boiled eggs in with my fresh eggs - any way I can tell which ones were boiled?

A: Calorie for calorie, protein for protein, fat for fat, brown eggs are equal to white eggs based on nutritional values.

You can easily tell how fresh an egg is by the shell - fresh eggs have shells that are rough and chalky, and old eggs have shells that are smooth and shiny.

When cooking eggs for making deviled eggs, and to have that perfect deviled egg look, simply stir the water occasionally while they are cooking.

Put the boiled eggs in with the raw eggs? No problem. Just spin the egg (carefully, of course), and observe the spin. If it wobbles, it is raw, and if it spins evenly, it is hard boiled.

Here are a few other facts about cackleberries that you may enjoy. It is best to store eggs with the tapered end down and the larger end upright as that maximizes the distance between the yolk and the air pocket, which may contain bacteria.

Eggs should never be boiled longer than 12 minutes - cooking them longer results in a chemical change within the egg. The sulfur in the egg combines with the iron in the yolk, which forms the harmless chemical ferrous sulfide.

And about the producers: The average hen produces about 225 eggs a year, which converts to about 3,000 eggs in a lifetime, since they start laying eggs about five months after they are hatched. And now you know a little more about the wonderful egg.

Q: I know you dislike the consumption of colas. I can understand the diet colas, but what is so bad about regular colas?

A: Did you know a cola will dissolve a steak in two days? A cola will loosen a rusted bolt if soaked for 10 minutes. A cola is great for cleaning toilets. Have rust on your bumper? Pour a little cola on it. A cola will dissolve a nail in four days thanks to its phosphoric acid. Colas are used to clean truck engines. And last, did you know that transporters carrying cola syrup are required to display the hazardous placard that states: "Highly Corrosive Materials." So, please, pass me the water.

Call 361-580-1400, to sign up for the next nutrition class, "To Detox or Not," 7 p.m. Monday at The Crossing, 404 N. Bridge St.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, e-mail her at This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.



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