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Are Eggs a Good Soure of Protein?

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Eating the right foods can improve your memory, lift your mood and strengthen your concentration.

Research shows that the brain works best with a protein-rich diet. School-aged children have more energy and perform better on tests when protein is a part of breakfast.

Our bodies break down dietary protein into amino acids, and the amino acids that come from the protein eaten are the building blocks of our brain’s network.

According to Psychology Today, ‘Brain cells communicate with one another via chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which are usually made of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.”

We rely on animal and vegetable protein for our supply of amino acids. Most animal and certain vegetable proteins are considered complete proteins (or whole proteins), which have a full complement of the essential amino acids necessary for optimal dietary needs.

Q. Which foods are rich in whole protein?
A. Fish, beans, eggs, nuts and soy are some of the best as sources of complete protein that are also low in fat. See a good list here at WebMD.

Q. Are eggs a good source of protein?
A. Yes, one egg provides approximately 6 grams of protein, or roughly 12% of the Recommended Daily Value. Eggs are also a great source of choline, which is a chemical that is believed to reduce chronic inflammation and possibly help with memory.

Q. I’m worried about Cholesterol, how many eggs can I eat each day?
A.  The American Heart Association says normal healthy adults can safely enjoy an egg a day.

Overall, eggs are one of the healthiest and least expensive forms of protein. If you want to create a protein plan that’s right for you, try this protein calculator  from the University of Maryland Medical System, it can help you arrive at a number that is right for you.

USDA: What foods are in the Protein Foods Group?
WebMD: Good Protein
USA Today: Breakfasts with protein, fiber start the school year right
Psych Central: Rutgers scientists discover protein in brain affects learning and memory
American Heart Association: Common Misconceptions about Cholesterol
Psychology Today: Brain Power: Why Proteins Are Smart
The Franklin Institute: Resources for Science Learning, The Human Brain

Percy Schmeiser: David versus Monsanto

Thanks to Joseph Heckman for forwarding this event along. You can RSVP at Food Day.

A Film about One Farmer’s Fight to Protect the Rights of All Farmers

Monday, October 24
6:45pm to 8:45pm
Princeton Public Library

The Whole Earth Center and the Princeton Public Library will host a screening of David versus Monsanto—the story of a Canadian farmer’s battle with Monsanto over his right to save seed and to protect his land against genetic trespass. This film follows Percy Schmeiser’s story from his farm fields in rural Canada all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court. The bittersweet story shows what happens when one individual dares to confront a powerful multinational corporation.

OCTOBER 24 IS FOOD DAY In celebration, there will be a tasting of Cherry Grove Farm cheese and Witherspoon Bread Company bread before the film (6:45pm to 7:10pm); free organic popcorn during the screening (7:15pm to 8:15pm). After the film there will be free ice cream from our friends at bent spoon artisan ice cream!

City Chicken, Country Chicken

Chickens aren’t just country-dwellers anymore, over the last several years, more and more chickens have been seen moving into cities and urban areas across the country.

By our count, 4 of the top 5 U.S. Metropolitan markets have revised their ordinances to allow backyard chickens. Additionally, 32 of the top 50 U.S. Metro markets allow backyard chickens, most others have active pro-chicken lobby groups.

The recent increase in urban gardening and backyard chickens can (in part) be attributed to greater interest in:

  • Elevating Personal Food IQ
  • Better Nutrition and Health
  • Better Taste
  • Stronger Community Economies
  • Greater Sustainability

Many of these are also cited by the Wallace Center in their report about why food is localizing.

Do you want chickens in your city and you’re not sure how or where to start? Here’s a great resource for getting up to speed on chicken ordinance issues.

You can also find links to a bunch of municipal and regional chicken groups in the Resources section of

Selling Your Farm-Fresh Eggs

Small and backyard flock owners may find it worthwhile to sell surplus eggs directly to consumers, restaurants, specialty food stores and/or retailers. Whether your eggs are organic, free range, cruelty free, colored or simply ‘local’, demand is growing for niche market eggs.

Flock owners can distribute their eggs in two ways;

  1. Selling wholesale to retailers
  2. Selling retail, direct to consumers

Deciding what’s right you;

  • Fact: Direct to consumer is best for those with smaller flocks
  • Pro: Direct to consumer offers greater opportunity for maximum market price
  • Con: Direct to consumer means one-to-one distribution
  • Fact: Wholesale demands greater volume of eggs on a regular basis
  • Pro: Wholesale means lower price per unit but higher volume of sales
  • Con: Wholesale may require more paper-work and legal agreements

While backyard chicken operations do not need to be certified or eggs pasturized, there area a few things to keep in mind before you hang your shingle:

  • The first step should be to contact your local agricultural board for quality assurance guidelines.
  • Start with new egg cartons and do not to reuse them unless they are your own, others can transmit disease.
  • Collect fresh eggs daily to keep your hens from going broody or trying to hatch the eggs. 
  • Get your Eggzy Flock Tools and set up your Egg Stand to message your friends when egg are available! ‘-)