We can not say for sure that when and where people have been eating eggs. It’s a little bit complicated to answer to this question but there is one simple answer which comes to our mind and that is as long as human being existed they have been consuming eggs. Actually, since the beginning of human time, different kinds of eggs were available and they are still available and used all over the world. They were relatively easy to obtain for our ancestors, and unlike meat, there was no need for hunting or complicated tools to obtain this delicious food.
At that time our ancestors needed to survive. They obtained eggs whenever and wherever possible. It could be birds or any other reptiles’ eggs and was consumed by humans. Eggs are still excellent protein sources according to many people all over the world.
People are using these foods in many different types of recipes. They use eggs served in fried, boiled, omelet or use them in different cakes and many other recipes.
According to the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture “Eggs have been known to and enjoyed by, humans for many centuries. Jungle fowl were domesticated in India by 3200 B.C.E. Record from China and Egypt show that fowl were domesticated and laying eggs for human consumption around 1400 B.C.E. and there is archaeological evidence for egg consumption dating back to the Neolithic age. The Romans found egg-laying hens in England, Gaul, and among the Germans. The first domesticated fowl reached North America with the second voyage of Columbus in 1493.”
The Etymology of Egg
According to the book An A-Z of Food & Drink “The egg…tracks its name back to a prehistoric Indo-European source related to words for ‘bird’…The Old English term was oeg, which survived in Middle English as ey (plural eyren)…But in the fourteenth century, the related egg was borrowed from Old Norse. For a time the two forms competed with each other (William Caxton, in the prologue to his Book of Eneydos (1490), asked ‘What should a man in these days now write, eggs or eyren, certainly it is hard to please every man’), and the Norse form did not finally emerge as the winner until the late sixteenth century.”
Eggs as art
Eggs were not used only for eating but also for decorating. This is one of the oldest sorts of art, which is in many different cultures. For example, in Iran colored eggs are included on half-seen.
In Egypt, it is a tradition to decorate boiled eggs during Sham el-Nessim. This is a spring-ushering national holiday celebrated by Egyptians.
Some Orthodox Christian societies sometimes richly decorate their eggs at Easter, like the Ukrainian. It is normal to dye eggs red all over. They usually onion skins to do so.
These traditions from ancient times up to now had spread to many other parts of the world and in many parts, this is a symbol of the culture. It symbolizes life, renewal, and rebirth.
Cute colored chickens
But in some places of the world and some cultures, this coloring is not only limited to eggs! Newborn chicks are also dyed in different colors, which lasts for a few weeks, and they are served as festive Easter gifts, or they are sold in some local markets just for amusement. Just as a tool to make some fun for children.
Poultry experts say that the chickens’ health is not affected by these colors, and farmers say that it is harmless, but many people object. And they are some scientific facts that show it is not as harmless as farmers say.
The chicks are normally colored in Savage ways. The young chickens are dipped into a colorful food dye or colored by injecting dye into unhatched eggs. Even if the action is harmless, but still the experience is stressful for the birds.
As a kid, I always wanted to have one! But my mother never let me do so! She said that these chicks die soon, and you will suffer after their death! Right now, I’m happy that I never participated in this act.
To eat or not to eat? that is the question!
Antioxidants and minerals are found in eggs, and we can not deny that. It seems perfect and delicious food, but there are some facts that you have to know to reconsider eating them.
Eggs are associated with different factors in human health, and the most important one is the cholesterol content.
About 60 percent of the calories in eggs are from saturated fat, which is harmful to our health. They also are loaded with cholesterol. Fat and cholesterol contribute to heart disease. One study found that people who ate the most eggs had 80 percent higher coronary artery calcium scores compared with others who consume fewer eggs. A study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found that those who eat a lot of eggs have a 19 percent higher risk for cardiovascular problems too.
Eating a diet high in fat not only increases the risk of heart disease but also can contribute to insulin resistance. as the fat interferes with insulin’s ability to bring glucose from the blood into the cells.
A review of 14 studies published in the journal Atherosclerosis showed that those who consume the most eggs increase their risk for diabetes by 68 percent. Another review showed a 39 percent higher risk of diabetes in people who eat three or more eggs per week.
According to two studies in the American Journal of Epidemiology, egg consumption also increases the risk of gestational diabetes.
It also has been connected to developing certain types of cancer like colon, rectal, prostate, and breast cancer.
Unfortunately, the risk exists for even small amounts of eggs. Eating just 1.5 eggs per week can lead to nearly five times the risk for colon cancer compared to less than 11 eggs per year.
The Cruel Egg Industry
But the case is not only for our health. We humans are not the only important thing on Earth. There are so many ethical reasons that we should not consume eggs.
There are reasons that vegans are not eating eggs.
As we all know vegans avoid all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals which contains food, clothing, make-up cosmetics, etc. Some people believe that eating an egg won’t kill a chicken! That is not considered animal cruelty, and it’s not a form of exploitation. But they are wrong!
Removing the egg from your diet is not that hard when you know what’s going behind the egg industry!
The chickens never see their mothers. They are kept in tiny cages that are stacked on top of one another.
And even some of these hens die in the cages because of injury or some other diseases. In the cages, the birds usually are crammed together. They sometimes urinate on one another. There is just a little bit of space in there, and if a bird dies, is left to rot. In the egg farming business, male chickens are considered useless birds. They can not lay eggs, and the farmers can not spend a lot of money to keep them. So, they get rid of them shortly after birth. They are suffocated or put into a high-speed industrial grinder or tossed into trash bags!
Hens usually suffer from broken bones in these crowded places, and finally, they are sent to slaughterhouses, and their throats are cut off!
These chickens and hens can be in their natural environment. They can roam freely and happily. But for these businesses, the only thing that matters is money!
So what happens after a few years, when the production of hens usually declines, and they can not lay eggs as much as before?
When they cannot lay eggs any longer, they are considered useless as the male chicks! They go for slaughterhouses.
We human beings think that animals do not deserve freedom so, we just get rid of them and kill them when we cannot make use of them anymore!
Vegan even do not use free-range eggs, because as we may think hens in the backyard are not happy hens! This is just the same place that takes their freedom with a little bit of difference.
These hens are also slaves. So, the free-range is just a word to fool you! Those labels as barn-free or cage-free are only misleading labors.
So, if you are eating eggs, no matter it is free-range or not, you are contributing to animals’ torture. Not directly, but absolutely!
When talking about backyard hens, you have to keep your mind one important point, and that is where do these chickens originate from? So, they have been bought, and by keeping them and using their eggs you are contributing to a cycle.
The other important fact is that the waste from these factory farms has some environmental consequences. It can affect the life of the people who live near these factory farms.
Including the emission of greenhouse gases or the contamination of soil and water.
The scientists of the University of Oviedo analyzed the effect of intensive egg production on 18 environmental categories. Ozone depletion, climate change, human toxicity, and land occupation are among them.
So imagine what we are doing to animals, to nature, and ourselves by doing so?
But I like Cakes!
Evidence confirms that bread and cakes using eggs were made by Ancient Egyptian and Roman peoples. The reason was that eggs worked as binding agents. But this doesn’t mean that you cant eat cakes or muffins without eggs!
There are so many egg substitutes that we can use in our food, and we can still enjoy eating without hurting any creature!
Mashed Banana, Silken Tofu, Sweetened Condensed Milk, and Apple sauce can make baking and recipes accessible to everyone.
Avocado is a great source of high-quality fat. A quarter-cup of mashed avocado makes a great substitute for an egg in baked goods, and its fat replaces oil.
But there are still some other substitutes for the egg. The first one is the energy egg replacer. It’s made from potato and tapioca starch and is very useful for vegans. This product mimics eggs in baked goods like cookies, muffins, and some cakes. Silken tofu is also a flavorless product and is better to be used in brownies and some sort of bread and cakes. The other things that we can use instead of egg in our food are baking soda, vinegar, and also banana.
So, whether you are vegan or not, you can avoid the foods that contain eggs. You can avoid eggs to lead a happier and healthier life and also care about the environment.
You can still eat vegan scrambled eggs, fluffy vegan pancakes, eggless french toast, etc.
As long as we are unaware, our excuses are acceptable to some point! Before we haven’t seen the slaughterhouses, we just have seen the delicious foods made from chickens! We haven’t seen the ways that chick are colored, we only see them cute.
We haven’t experienced being kept in small cages, we just use the eggs! And if you know all these things and still you do not care,