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Eggs: All They're Cracked Up To Be
by Leigh Serling

No Yolk | Hard | You Little Devil | Omelets

Open up almost any refrigerator and you will find at least one. Fried, scrambled, chopped, hard, soft or ready in one minute, the egg is one of the most versatile foods on the planet. It's no wonder eggs are labeled "incredible;" it only takes 24 to 26 hours for a hen to produce one! And after a 30-minute break, they start all over again. Just think how expensive eggs would be if hens had a union.

The Yolks On You
Confused by the difference between white and brown-shelled egg? Guess what; they're the same. The breed of hen determines the color of the shell; the quality and nutritional value remain the same. Since brown eggs are often larger, they cost more.

And the story on free-range and organic? These eggs are more expensive because the hens themselves cost more to maintain. Your average hen is raised indoors, while the free-range hen is kept primarily outdoors. Hens that eat organic food produce organic eggs. No pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides or hormones are used in the production of the crops that their feed comes from so it costs more to grow, but it's a lot better for the environment and you.

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