- Name: Egg, Eggs
- Type of Food: Meat
- Produced From: Birds
- Total Calories: 72 (50 grams serving)
- Total Fat: 5 grams (50 grams serving)
- Total Protein: 6 grams (50 grams serving)
- Total Carbohydrates: 0.6 grams (50 grams serving)
27 Egg Facts for Kids
- An egg is an organic vessel laid by various female animals.
- An egg is comprised of an eggshell, egg white (albumen) and egg yolk (vitellus).
- Eggs have been eaten by humans for thousands of years.
- Eggs that are eaten by humans typically come from birds, like chickens, ducks and geese.
- Humans generally eat the egg white and egg yolk; the eggshell is discarded.
- The mass production of chicken eggs is a worldwide industry.
- In 2017, the mass production of chicken eggs produced around 88 million tons of eggs.
- In 2017, China was the largest producer of chicken eggs with around 34 million tons of eggs.
- In January 2019, egg factories in the United States produced over 9.4 billion eggs.
- One large egg contains 70 calories.
- One large egg contains 5 grams of fat.
- One large egg contains 185 milligrams of cholesterol.
- One large egg contains 70 milligrams of sodium.
- One large egg contains 6 grams of protein.
- One large egg contains 150 milligrams of choline.
- One large egg contains no sugar or carbohydrates.
- Common egg preparation methods include hard-boiled, fried, omelet, picked, poached and scrambled.
- A hard-boiled egg is boiled in water until the egg white and egg yolk solidifies.
- A fried egg is an egg cracked open into a frying pan and cooked.
- An omelet is made from beaten eggs and cooked with various filings, like cheese, vegetables and meat.
- A pickled egg is a hard-boiled egg that is cured in brine or vinegar.
- A poached egg is an egg cooked in water with the eggshell removed.
- A scrambled egg is a beaten egg cooked in a frying pan.
- The largest egg consumed by humans comes from an ostrich.
- One of the smallest eggs consumed by humans comes from a quail.
- Do you want to know a trick to tell if an egg is raw or hard-boiled? Just spin it on its side, if it spins smoothly it’s hard-boiled, if it wobbles its raw.
- You can buy eggs in a wide variety of colors; however the color of the egg is simply a result of the genetics.
Pictures of Eggs
A picture of chicken eggs.
Credit: Emilian Robert Vicol
A picture of duck eggs.
Credit: J. H.
A picture of geese eggs.
Credit: S. McManus
A picture of ostrich eggs.
Credit: Ryan Godfrey
A picture of quail eggs.
Credit: Dianes Digitals
A picture of turkey eggs.
Credit: Shasta Bator
A picture of emu eggs.
Credit: Seoulful Adventures
A picture of pheasant eggs.
A picture of gull eggs.
Credit: Stuart & Jen Robertson
Additional Resources on Eggs
- Benefits of Eggs – Find out how eggs can improve your health on the Incredible Egg website.
- Eggs – Discover more facts and nutritional information about eggs on the USDA website.
- Egg as Food – Wikipedia – Learn more about eggs being used as food on the Wikipedia website.