Vitamin D in eggs
At the happy egg co. our hens eat well, so you do to
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 a whopping 95% of your recommended daily intake (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).