Second Friday of October: World Egg Day
20th World Egg Day was observed on 9 October 2015 across the world. The Day is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world.
Countries all around the world celebrate the day by highlighting the benefits of eggs. Festivals, charitable events and city celebrations form part of the celebrations of the day for recognition of this small but mighty food source. Eggs are the source of life and a symbol of fertility.
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.
World Egg Day was established at the International Egg Commission (IEC) Vienna 1996 conference when it was decided to celebrate World Egg Day on the second Friday in October each year.
Celebration of World Egg Day in India
As decided by the Union Government, the 20th World Egg Day was celebrated in four cities of the country- Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Mumbai and Vijayawada. In Vijayawada, cultural programmes promoting consumption of eggs and contests were held to mark the World Egg Day celebrations.
The National Egg Co-ordination Committee (NECC) is conducting several programmes to promote awareness about the nutritional value of the egg as part of the World Egg Day campaign. The celebrations included contests in making egg-based preparations with participation from hoteliers, students and the people.
India is the third largest egg producer in the world after China and USA. The Per Capita Egg consumption in Andhra Pradesh is 99 eggs per year against the national average of 68 eggs and the recommendation of National Nutrition Council is of 180 eggs per head per annum.
Benefits of Eggs
• The egg white consists primarily of water (87 percent) and protein (13 percent) with all the essential amino acids in the right ratios.
• Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, folate, selenium and zinc.
• Eggs are highly fulfilling and help in losing weight.
• The egg, which comes in a unique shell of its own, is the only farm product that cannot be adulterated.
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