Vitamin D in eggs

At the happy egg co. our hens eat well, so you do too

We’ve been working with a team of scientists from Newcastle University who know all about poultry and nutrition. Just like us, hens need vitamin D to keep their bones healthy. They’ve also found out that the more vitamin D hens have in their diet, the more vitamin D is present in the eggs they lay.

Not only do our happy hens have wide open spaces to roam freely in, they now have a whole new diet rich in vitamin D to enjoy. So come on, join us on our mission to get the nation – not just our hens – eating and living healthily.

The ‘sunshine vitamin’ and rainy days

Turns out sunshine’s not only here for hand-held fans and donkey rides. It helps our bodies to make vitamin D (also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’). In fact, we can only get vitamin D from the action of sunlight on our bodies, and from our diets. Which means when the sun hasn’t got its hat on – all too often in the UK – we can easily miss out on this essential vitamin. In fact, 1 in 5 people in the UK have low levels of vitamin D in their blood.**

Why does it matter?

Calcium and phosphorus may sound like fantasy fiction characters, but they’re actually essential for making your bones grow properly and to keep them healthy. Vitamin D helps your body to use calcium and phosphorus effectively, and without enough of it bones can become weak.

It's easy to up your vitamin D intake

Few foods naturally contain vitamin D. But eggs are one of the very best natural sources, with vitamin D in the yolk. And now we’ve made it even easier to get ‘eggs-tra’ vitamin D. That‘s because our hens’ unique diet means they lay eggs with 28% more vitamin D per 100g than regular eggs. That means enjoying two large Happy Eggs gives you more than 94% of the daily vitamin D you need (based on 2 average large Happy Eggs/ 68g per egg). Happy healthy hens, for a happy healthy you.***

*Vitamin D contributes to the normal absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus, to normal blood calcium levels, and to maintenance of bones, teeth, muscle, and immune system function.

**National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Findings from the Report of Years 7 and 8 (combined) (2014/2015 – 2015/16).

***The information quoted on the levels of vitamin D provided by Happy Eggs is based on labelling guidelines set out by the European Union, which refers to the NRV (Nutrient Reference Value) figure of 5 microgrammes (μg) per day, and is applicable to all food products as per EU Food Information regulations. As two large Happy Eggs contain 4.74μg, they provide over 94% of this recommended reference intake. Public Health England published guidance in July 2016 recommending a daily average dietary intake of 10 microgrammes (μg).