5 Crazy Things You Didn't Know About Eggs

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eggsI'm a big fan of eggs, but I have to say that they're among the scariest of foods when it comes to handling. One misstep, and it's salmonella city, right?

It turns out that many of our fears about eggs actually may be baseless. For example, I was absolutely blown away to learn that eggs may not need to be refrigerated. Though some disagree, The Daily Mail commissioned a scientific study and found that keeping eggs at room temperature is perfectly fine. They studied two batches of eggs over two weeks -- one refrigerated and one at room temperature -- and found "there was no difference whatsoever between the two batches. Both remained bacteria-free."

As stunned as I may be by this revelation, I don't think I'm brave enough to put my stomach on the line to test their findings, however. And it should be noted that the Incredible Egg Council recommends keeping eggs stored between 33 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and throwing out eggs that are left at room temperature after two hours. So their findings aren't universally accepted, but it's fascinating nonetheless that you might be able to keep eggs on your counter. Here are four other things that might make you less scared of eggs.

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Brown eggs are not healthier than white eggs

For some reason the brown ones look healthier and more virtuous, but it really only has to do with the breed of chicken who laid them. Brown eggs come from hens with red earlobes, and white eggs come from hens with white ones.

Green egg yolks are okay to eat

Sam I Am didn't think he liked green eggs, and neither do most people when they crack open a hard-boiled egg and see an unappetizing green yolk there. They're actually fine to eat though. It just comes from overheating the egg, and you can prevent it from happening by running cold water over the hot eggs as soon as they're finished cooking.

Bloody eggs are okay too

I've always thrown out eggs at the sight of any blood and probably always will. But you don't have to. According to the Egg Safety Council, those spots and streaks are just caused by a rupture of a blood vessel on the surface of the yolk. They pose no health risk at all.

Eggs keep longer than you think

As soon as that expiration date on the carton nears, I toss the eggs, but I may be wasting a lot of money that way. The date is typically the sell-by date, and according to the USDA eggs are safe for five weeks after that date, perhaps even longer.

Are you surprised to learn these things about eggs?

 

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