4 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs

Eggs. They’re my favorite food for breakfast as they’re easy to prepare. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they’re also rich in protein. Although most eggs can be eaten, the most commonly consumed ones are of the hen. I also like quail and goose eggs. And of course, balut!

In choosing the best

Eggs come in different sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. Size doesn’t matter but most recipes require large to extra-large eggs.

When choosing an egg while in a grocery store, make sure that you opt for eggs with at least a week or two before its “best before” date. And you must eat them before their expiry date. I tried eating expired eggs but nothing happened to me. However, according to my microbiologist sister, I must avoid doing it again as I might develop a disease later on. Thankfully, I didn’t.

I want to find organic eggs but they’re difficult to obtain. Plus, they’re also expensive. What we can normally find are caged hens as they’re the cheapest. They’re hens farmed using the cheapest method, i.e. with limited room and high densities. They also don’t have access to direct sunlight.

Many experts recommend getting eggs marked with Lion Quality Stamp. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one with such label. Why it’s important? This stamp would mean that the eggs were obtained from hens that have been vaccinated against the Salmonella.

How to know that an egg is fresh?

It can be frustrating to crack open an egg and add it to a bowl with some ingredients in your recipe. But only to realize that it’s stale.

To know how fresh an egg is before cracking it open, you can drop it in a glass of water. When it drops to the bottom of the glass and it stays there, then it’s a fresh catch. If it’s slightly older, it hovers in the middle. A stale egg will just float. If it does, throw it away.

Proper way to store eggs

After you’ve purchased a tray of eggs from a grocery store, you need to maintain their freshness by storing them in your fridge. In this way, they can last longer. Whole eggs can still be consumed 3 weeks after laying. That is, if you stored them immediately in the fridge. You can freeze whites and yolks up to 3 months.

However, whites will only last 3 weeks as long as they are placed in a container and covered with clingfilm. Yolks must be consumed within 3 days and they must also be covered with clingfilm.

Recipes about eggs

There are many ways to cook and prepare eggs. The most popular one is scrambled. When preparing scrambled eggs, you need to add a full cream milk and butter. Use large eggs to obtain better results.

I use non-stick pan for best results. It’s also easier for me to clean the pan. Over-stirring is a no-no when making scrambled eggs. Make sure that the eggs have the same texture as soft curds. Don’t overcrowd the pan as they won’t cook well.          

3 Straightforward Natural Brain Boosters You’ve Never Heard Of

You don’t need those worthless brain boosting supplements that you can purchase online. There are easy ways to boost your brain functions without buying anything.

Get enough sleep

Not having enough sleep can cause your brain to age quickly. Same goes with sleeping more than 9 hours. According to studies, sleeping more than or less than 2 hours of the recommended 7 hours each night can reduce your brain’s age to 2 years.
That said, you must aim for 7 hours of sleep every night to boost your brain function.

Avoid fake butter

Butter substitutes have diacetyl-based chemicals that are known to damage the brain cells. In fact, diacetyl triggers clumping of protein in the brain, which are signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Instead of using butter substitute, try snacking on fresh fruits. If you want to snack on popcorn, make your own fresh popcorn and add salt.

Use mouthwash with lemonade

Sweet mouthwash can boost brain. In a study conducted at University of Georgia, students who used and rinsed their mouth with sweetened lemonade mouthwash performed better on willpower test. It could be the sugar’s ability to enter the body in order to provide you the energy to control cravings. 
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