Eggs, much more than the perfect protein

Eggs have been recognised as a protein powerhouse for many years as they contain the highest quality protein naturally available. However, the benefits of eating eggs are far more wide-ranging than protein alone, with eggs offering a healthy and sustainable source of essential nutrients needed for all stages of life.

Containing the majority of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants required by the human body, eggs are often referred to as natures ‘vitamin pill’, and for good reason. Eggs contain 14 essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B and E, as well as folate, iron and zinc.

Eggs provide one of the highest amounts of choline in any natural foods source, an often-under consumed but critical nutrient for neurocognitive development and health throughout the lifespan. This has resulted in eggs being recognised as an important food group, particularly for pregnant and lactating women, in many regions around the world.

Another essential nutrient which can be found in eggs is vitamin D, which is key to strengthening healthy bones and teeth. Around 1 billion people are estimated to have low vitamin D levels, and eggs are one of the few foods which naturally contain this essential nutrient.

However, it is not just the substantial health benefits that make eggs a great food choice to support healthy diets, eggs have notable sustainability credentials too making them a great choice to feed the growing global population.

Eggs are considered a low environmental impact protein source owing to new efficiencies and ongoing commitments made both on-farm and in the egg supply chain. They require very little water use, and the overall footprint of the egg has significantly reduced over the last 50 years.

Eggs are playing a significant role in the eradication of malnutrition around the world, thanks to their affordability combined with their nutrient density, helping to dramatically improve the health outcomes of children in nutritionally vulnerable areas.

The egg offers a host of unique benefits in our diets and plays a valuable role in supporting the growing global population. Help to honour the multitude of benefits eggs provide by celebrating World Egg Day on Friday 9 October 2020.

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World Egg Day 2019

Nutrition experts hail ‘eggsellent’ health benefits, as nations celebrate World Egg Day

The health benefits of eggs will be hailed across the globe on Friday 11th October 2019, as countries celebrate one of the original superfoods on World Egg Day.

Providing a high-quality source of protein, the nutritional value of the egg is undeniable, and experts from the International Egg Nutrition Centre (IENC) have identified five reasons to eat more eggs this World Egg Day.

  1. Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, and a fantastic source of protein

A single egg contains 14 essential nutrients including vitamins A, B, D and E, as well as being a source of calcium, selenium and iodine. Along with six grams of protein, eggs are one of the most nutritious foods available globally.

  1. Eggs contain choline which aids healthy brain development

This little-known nutrient plays an important role in building cell membranes, impacting a number of vital functions within the body, and eggs are one of the best natural sources of choline. Not only does it aid healthy brain development, it also plays a role in liver function and metabolism and has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 24%[i].

  1. Eggs can reduce the risk of heart disease

Studies have found that eating eggs can lower the risk of heart disease in healthy people. Despite containing cholesterol, eggs contain high density level (HDL) or ‘good’ cholesterol and research shows that people with higher levels of HDL generally have reduced risks of heart disease.

  1. Eating eggs can maintain good eye health

Vitamin A deficiency is one of the leading causes of blindness across the globe, and eggs are a great natural source of vitamin A. The yolks also contain powerful antioxidants that can counteract some degenerative processes affecting eye health.

  1. Eggs have benefits for all ages

Eggs are a great source of nutrition at any age. From providing the building blocks during foetal development, to containing the level of nutrients needed to sustain energy throughout the day, eggs are a healthy source of protein that should be enjoyed by all ages.

Celebrations will be taking place around the world to mark World Egg Day 2019. To find out more visit

[i] Xu X, et al. Choline metabolism and risk of breast cancer in a population-based study. The FASEB Journal, published online on January 29, 2008.

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Protein for Life

Enjoy Nutritious, Sustainable, Affordable Eggs at Every Stage


The international egg community is making plans to celebrate World Egg Day on Friday 12th October 2018. This year, the industry’s global campaign will focus on the crucial role that eggs play throughout our lives – as a source of the highest quality protein.


Fulfilling Every Requirement

Promoting good health and wellbeing are currently key priorities on the international agenda. Leading international organisations and governmental policy makers are addressing how dietary and nutritional standards of populations in both developed and developing nations can be improved. Eggs offer an affordable and sustainable solution to help overcome these serious challenges. This climate of concern around health issues presents the egg industry with an unrivalled opportunity to share the numerous benefits that eggs provide during each stage of human development from 0 to 100+.


With You on Life’s Journey

Organised annually by the World Egg Organisation (WEO), Julian Madeley, CEO explains the objectives of this year’s World Egg Day campaign: “Every member of our industry can help ensure that the whole world is talking about eggs as a valuable source of protein for every life stage. On World Egg Day, we want to generate targeted messages highlighting specific benefits for key consumer groups – from before birth, during the early years, adulthood and into later life. However young or old you are eggs can have a significant impact as a valuable source of essential protein. By working together collectively, through a range of communication channels, dedicated events and particularly through social media networks, we aim to reach an even greater audience this year.”


The Key Life Stages:

  • Before Birth

Proteins are the building blocks of life and it’s never too soon to benefit from the positive power of eggs. Full of essential nutrients, eggs contribute to healthy foetal development. This is an important message to convey to prospective parents to ensure each unborn child has the very best possible start in life – no matter where they are, or into what circumstances they are born.


  • Child’s Play

A high quality source of protein is vital, particularly in childhood. Every cell in the human body contains protein which we need in our diets to generate new cells. Packed full of goodness, eggs provide a complete food solution that supports healthy brain development in young children and improves concentration levels at school.


  • Working Hard

Into adulthood, eggs remain an essential dietary partner. Not only do eggs build protein and repair tissue, they are also essential for making enzymes and hormones. Having an egg rich diet can also help you stay feeling fuller for longer and be an important ally in effective weight management.


  • Healthier for Longer

Essential for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood, egg protein helps to repair body tissue as we grow older. During the later years, eggs continue to deliver substantial benefits and older people can significantly improve their health by increasing their egg consumption.


Zero Hunger

It’s estimated that malnutrition is a stark reality for one billion people. Eggs have the potential to eliminate global hunger by providing a high quality source of protein. Through the ongoing support of the egg industry, the International Egg Foundation (IEF) continues to deliver life changing projects in some of the most impoverished regions in the world. The work of the IEF demonstrates the egg industry’s commitment to sustainable development and eradicating food poverty.


The Egg Industry Unites to Spread the Word

Since its inception 23 years ago, World Egg Day continues to gain momentum on the international stage. In 2017 over 40 countries participated in promoting eggs. The global reach of last years’ combined activities engaged with an audience of over 230 million. The rise of social media has made it possible to effectively communicate with ever greater numbers of consumers and this year we wish to build on the industry’s past successes.


By promoting ‘protein for life’, eggs can fulfil the nutritional requirements of the global population. It’s a simple message to share and we are encouraging all members of the egg industry to engage in supporting World Egg Day on Friday 12th October.       


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Crack Open the Power of Protein

This year marks the 21st birthday of World Egg Day. On 14th October 2016 there will be a wide range of festivals, activities, charitable events and regional campaigns taking place all over the world – promoting the power of the astonishing egg, as the highest quality source of protein you can buy.

The egg takes centre stage
Planned by the World Egg Organisation (WEO), this annual foodie date provides the perfect platform for communicating the numerous benefits of eggs to a worldwide audience. Julian Madeley, Director General of WEO explains this year’s objectives: “Eggs can make a crucial contribution to our diet on an individual level, and can also help to fulfil the protein requirements of the global community. In both developed and developing populations – a high quality source of protein is a fundamental requirement. The significant role of eggs in delivering this essential nutrient cannot be overstated, so we hope to encourage as many people as possible to be part of this year’s celebrations.”

Nature’s premium protein
It is all too easy to take eggs for granted but they really are nature’s ultimate source of high quality protein. With an estimated one billion undernourished people across the globe – eggs have the power to help feed the world. A source of high quality protein is essential for:
– Foetal development
– Healthy brain development
– Improving concentration levels
– Supporting the body’s immune system
– Essential to support the effectiveness of vaccinations and antiretroviral drugs

In developed populations eggs are also effective for weight control. Packed full of goodness in their own biodegradable packaging; eggs provide a complete food solution.

The secret is out, so spread the word
Also rich in amino acids, calcium, sodium, iodine, selenium, choline and vitamins A, B, D and E, the message is loud and clear; ‘eggs are the answer’. They are an affordable, sustainable building block for a healthy, nutritious diet that benefits from a low carbon footprint.

As well as the health advantages, eggs also taste great! They’re one of the most versatile and adaptable store cupboard essentials. Healthy eating has never tasted so good – so get cracking and discover endless eggy creations during the festivities.

Embrace your wellbeing with a daily dose of egg
World Egg Day provides an opportunity to educate people about the true value of eggs and the importance of high quality protein in a fun and engaging way. Countries all around the world will be celebrating in recognition of this small but mighty food source. So come and join the eggstraordinary party on Friday 14th October. / #WorldEggDay

International Celebrations Span 20 Years

Global celebrations are in place for the 20th year of World Egg Day, on the 9th October 2015. Established by the International Egg Commission in 1996, World Egg Day was created to promote the wonderful egg internationally. Now well recognised throughout the world every year on the second Friday of October, countries all around the world celebrate the benefits of eggs. Festivals, charitable events and city celebrations will all form part of a day of recognition for this small but mighty food source.

Eggs are the source of life and a symbol of fertility. Living in a society of limited world resources, a growing population and ever increasing demands for affordable provisions the egg is recognised as a very precious food throughout the world.

In developing countries where population growth is rapidly increasing, the nutritional benefits of the egg are far reaching. Whilst not as accessible in developing countries, eggs are still a very important and sustainable source of high quality protein, minerals and vitamins.

Now part of the World Egg Organisation, World Egg Day provides the perfect platform for reminding us all of the many health benefits of eating eggs. Cesar de Anda, Chairman of the IEC said: “The egg is one of the most important foods globally and its significance should not be overlooked! The most important source of high quality protein, the egg is perfect for sustainable development; the industry can feed a growing population, the egg is incredible.”

The World Egg Organisation represents the egg and brings together the International Egg Commission (IEC), the International Egg Foundation (IEF) and the International Egg Nutrition Consortium (IENC) promoting eggs and developing access to eggs across the world.

Join us on 9th October to celebrate the egg for which we all have so much pride, one of nature’s gifts, which can deliver on so many levels.

Eggs – Simply Delicious and Nutritious!

This World Egg Day crack an egg and help to crack world hunger

10th October 2014 is World Egg Day – celebrate eggs and all they are doing to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. In its first few months the new International Egg Foundation has launched two projects which are already using eggs to help change people’s lives in Southern Africa.

International Egg Foundation (IEF) is celebrating World Egg Day for the first time this year. The IEF is a new global charitable foundation which helps provide people living in developing countries with greater access to eggs as part of its goal to combat malnutrition and provide people who are underfed and undernourished with access to a sustainable diet.

The IEF is proud to be working alongside Heart for Africa, where it is supporting an orphanage in Swaziland, distributing hard cooked eggs to the children, a much needed source of protein. The project, named Project Canaan, will also fund and oversee the construction of an egg farm, to provide a sustainable source of food to the orphanage and the local community.

IEF is also working with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization sharing knowledge and technical expertise to help national egg organisations in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe increase the number of eggs available to people in their countries. Through the IEF FAO Egg Capacity Building Seminars these Southern African countries are working to increase egg farming in their nation, and therefore increase the number of eggs available to people in their country.

Julian Madeley, Managing Director of the International Egg Foundation, explained: “As well as being an excellent source of high quality protein, and containing all the essential vitamins and minerals required for a healthy diet, eggs have two key advantages when it comes to helping to improve diets in developing countries, they are one of the most accessible forms of high quality protein, and they are a truly sustainable option.

“Sustainability is critical, our aim is to help people by giving them the support and the knowledge to be able to continue helping themselves. As well as providing access to food, small scale egg production schemes have been proven to help people in developing countries achieve financial independence, increase their social standing, and encourage a sense of community. The IEF works from the ground roots up, to create a sustainable, self-sufficient food supply.”

Figures produced by the FAO show that 870 million people suffer from chronic hunger. Among children, it is estimated that 171 million under five years of age are chronically malnourished. The international egg industry is determined to use the power of eggs to help make a difference.

This year on 10th October, crack an egg on World Egg Day and help celebrate the power of the egg and all the goodness it provides.

International egg industry pledges to help feed the world

Friday 12th October is World Egg Day, and this year, the international egg industry is using the event to really make a difference. With the support of the International Egg Commission (IEC) and egg associations around the world, the egg industry has pledged to help feed the underfed and undernourished; to provide a sustainable, affordable, high quality food supply to people across the planet.

As part of the global egg industry’s commitment to helping those in need, the IEC is starting to work with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The FAO is dedicated to making sure that people throughout the world have regular access to high quality food, and eggs can play an integral role in achieving this.

World Egg Day was established in 1996, by the IEC. IEC Chairman, Joanne Ivy, explained: “Since 1996 events have been held all around the world celebrating the egg and the vital role it plays in people’s diets right across the globe. As an industry we feel very privileged to be producing a product that can benefit so many people throughout the world, so this year on World Egg Day, we are publicly pledging to work with food organisations and developing nations to help provide access to eggs for everyone.

“We are fully committed to our industry’s corporate and social responsibilities, and we are delighted to be working alongside the Food and Agriculture Organisation, being able to support it in its work to provide high quality food for all.”

It is estimated that across the world, one billion people are currently underfed and undernourished, and that during the next 40 years, the population will increase by further 3 billion people.

Eggs have the power to feed the world’s growing population – as well as being an excellent source of high quality protein, containing the essential vitamins and minerals required for a healthy diet, eggs are an affordable and readily available source of food throughout most of the world, and have the added advantage of having a low carbon footprint.

This year on World Egg Day events will take place all around the world, from New Zealand, to Mongolia, South Africa to Canada; there will be festivals, competitions, nutritional talks and cooking demonstrations in city squares, shopping centres, community centres and schools throughout the world. As the world joins together to celebrate this exceptional food, what nutritionists have referred to as “a mineral cocktail” and “nature’s vitamin pill”, make sure that your organisation gets involved – let’s get cracking and celebrate World Egg Day, Friday 12th October.

A recent study reveals that profits from egg businesses are being used to fund community and environmental projects around the globe.? These include setting up schools inMozambiqueandZimbabwe; a remarkable environmental building inRotterdamin theNetherlands, which is working to neutralise the CO2 emissions of employees? cars; a forest improvement project inJapan; and the Hawke?s Bay Community Trust inNew Zealand, which promotes biodynamic and organic production.? In addition to this, during the past 12 months, over 22 million eggs have been donated to food banks, charities and schools around the world, helping to feed the hungry and underprivileged.

The study, carried out by the International Egg Commission (IEC), has revealed that egg farmers around the world are joining together and increasing their commitment to provide a high quality food product to help feed the world?s increasing population, while caring for the environment, and the underprivileged throughout the world. ?During the past year members of the IEC have donated the equivalent of over 7 million US dollars, and a staggering 22,340,000 eggs to help people throughout the world, in a wide range of projects including:

  • In North America, the US and Canada donate millions of eggs every year to national and international food banks; during the last 12 months, over 15 million eggs were donated by the US alone.
  • The national egg industries inMexico,ColumbiaandBarbadosall regularly donate eggs to their national children?s hospitals and schools.
  • A privately owned Danish egg company has a particularly comprehensive corporate social responsibility plan.? In addition to creating a green building in the centre ofRotterdam, it has also partnered with Save the Children and has set up football schools to benefit children inSierra Leone, a country with one of highest child mortality rates and lowest life spans.
  • An American based egg company has set up a new egg business inMozambiqueto help bring modern agriculture practice and ultimately economic viability to the country.? This is an extremely ambitious project;Mozambiquecurrently has to import eggs for resale, but the aim of this project is to enable the country to produce its own eggs, providing a sustainable food source for the nation.? As well as providing the nutritious, sustainable food source, the company is also donating all the profits generated by this new business to set up schools and other community projects inMozambique.

Joanne Ivy, Chair of the IEC explains:? ?At the IEC we are fully committed to our industry?s corporate and social responsibilities, and we feel very privileged to be producing a product that can benefit so many people throughout the world.? The IEC has members in countries across the world, and I am delighted that between us all we have been able to provide support to over 108 charitable causes in 48 countries, in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Oceania andAsia.

?As well as our commitment to the environment, and helping people in the world less fortunate than ourselves, as an industry we are always looking for ways to progress and invest in our laying hens.? In the US, Europe, Asia & Latin America egg businesses are currently investing heavily, making welfare improvements and complying with new legislations.? When all of these improvements have been completed, we estimate that within theUSandEuropecombined, we will have invested the equivalent of 1.1 billion US dollars.?

On Friday 14th October, members of the egg industry will hold festivals and competitions around the world to celebrate World Egg Day.? This year, as well celebrating the health benefits and versatility of the egg, let us also take a moment to celebrate the world?s egg farmers and international egg industry, as it continues to support the hungry and the underprivileged.