I’ve just published a brief feature on eggs, in my role as resident dietitian to patient.co.uk. Judging by the comments I received, it seems that the most surprising information was that “There’s no recommended limit on how many eggs you should eat in a week“. Yes, it’s true! Eggs are a great source of protein and essential nutrients, and although they contain cholesterol, this doesn’t have as much effect on your blood cholesterol as saturated fat.
I decided to test out Black Farmer eggs to see if they were in any way superior to regular eggs.
I was particularly attracted to the publicity around the rich coloured yolk – it’s a powerhouse of nutrients and I wanted to assess whether Black Farmer yolks were a better nutritional option. From the information on the website, it appears that they have the same nutritional value as a standard egg, though the company assures me that their hens are fed on a high quality diet.
What about taste? Well, the first thing that struck me was the vibrant, rich colour of the yolk…
I have to say that it was absolutely delicious! The flavour seemed richer, yet there is no more fat in this yolk than a regular hen’s egg. Eggs are a rich source of protein, vitamins B2, B12, and D, and the minerals iodine and selenium. They also provide other B vitamins, phosphorus and choline. Protein is a satiating nutrient; research suggests that protein-rich foods help you to feel fuller for longer. You don’t need to avoid eggs to help you manage your weight. A couple of poached, boiled or scrambled eggs as part of a healthy breakfast can really set you up for the day, and feeling fuller could reduce the need to reach for unhealthy snacks.
I tried out an Indian omelette with chapati (above), which admittedly was inspired by the mouth-watering video on the site.
So, my verdict on Black Farmer eggs is that they offer you the range of essential nutrients you’d expect from standard eggs, but they bring that extra hit of flavour, colour and richness. An online search today shows that one egg will cost you just over 35p; other large free range eggs cost between 20 and 32p each.
Thank you to Black Farmer for sending me samples. This is an honest review and has not been influenced by the brand.