Celebrating the humble egg

Whether you're a poached, fried, soft boiled or scrambled fan, a French toast or omelette lover, New Zealanders are big consumers of eggs. 

Between us, we eat more than 90 million dozen per year, which equates to more than 235 each.

But how many is too many? And is organic really better than caged?

We crack some common misconceptions about the humble egg on World Health Day with CEO of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation Sarah Hanrahan.

How many is too many?

We now know, based on more up-to-date science that eggs are okay to include in your diet on a daily basis if you like them.

They are one of those foods which are affordable, and good to include in a healthy diet.

Why are they good for us?

They are packed with nutrients and are a good source of protein. They are especially good for older people and are good way to make a lot of more expensive food go further. 

Organic versus caged?

Nutritionally most are the same.

People need to make their choices based on how they feel about the methods of farming and what they can afford.

Nutritionally most ends food up more-or-less the same, it's about how people feel about different methods of farming.

Is a brighter yellow yolk better?

There's not a huge difference, it may taste better but that comes down to what the chickens have been fed which affects the colour of the eggs. Colours in food have some health benefits, but it's not going to be way better for you.

Sarah Hanrahan spoke to Rural Today's Dominic George on World Egg Day.

Listen to the interview