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Wake up to eggs during Breakfast Week (25-31 January 2015)

21/01/2015

Many people will celebrate Breakfast Week with an egg – but exactly how you like your eggs in the morning is likely to vary according to where you live. According to Google Search[1] people in Brighton prefer a breakfast of poached eggs, yet their counterparts in Bristol choose to start the day with scrambled eggs, meanwhile Geordies favour going to work on a boiled egg.

No matter how they are eaten, there is no doubt that Brits are mad about eggs, eating around 31 million a year. In fact, figures recently released by DEFRA[2] suggest that UK consumers are buying more eggs - the quantity purchased has increased by 9% from 2010 to 2013.

Whether poached, scrambled or boiled with soldiers, eggs are not only a versatile and delicious way to warm up winter mornings, but they are also packed with nutrition and perfect for those watching their waistline.

The latest nutritional data shows that eggs now contain more than 70% more vitamin D than when they were last officially analysed in the 1980s[3]. 

They are also one of the best breakfasts for weight-watchers. From a selection of calorie-matched typical UK breakfasts, eggs came out on top for slimmers as they kept people feeling fuller for longer, which meant they went on to eat fewer calories at subsequent meals[4].

Always use eggs bearing the British Lion mark, which guarantees that they have been produced to the highest standards of food safety.  All Lion Quality eggs come from British hens vaccinated against salmonella, are fully traceable and have a ‘best before’ date on the shell as a guarantee of freshness.

References

[1] Figures obtained from Google taking into account searches over the past 12 months from December 2013 to December 2014.

[2] DEFRA Family Food report 2013 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-food-statistics

[3] Benelam et al. (2012) New data on the nutritional composition of UK hens' eggs, Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 344–349, December 2012. Paper published online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-3010.2012.01993.x/abstract

[4] Fallaize R et al. (2013) Variation in the effects of three different breakfast meals on subjective satiety and subsequent intake of energy at lunch and evening meal, European Journal of Nutrition 52(4):1353-9