Egg is Veg or Non Veg
Scientists have finally given an answer to the long-standing question of whether Egg is Veg or Non Veg, which might put an end to the debate once and for all.
Well, the answer according to scientists is that eggs are very much vegetarian.
Many people have reasoned that eggs are non-vegetarian since they come from a hen – a living thing.
However, scientists explain that there are three parts of the egg – eggshell, egg yolk, and egg white. The egg whites (albumen) only contains protein and the egg yolk is mostly made up of proteins, cholesterol, and fat.
The eggs that we consume on almost a daily basis do not have embryos. This means that the eggs probably have not developed enough to be at the stage where one would be eating an actual animal/bird.
Once a hen is 6-months-old, it lays eggs every one to one and a half days. However, it isn’t necessary for the hen to mate before laying her eggs. These eggs are known as unfertilized eggs. The eggs that we buy from the local markets are also mostly unfertilized.
Vegetarianism as a diet excludes the consumption of animal flesh, since eggs technically are vegetarian, they do not contain any animal flesh. People who include eggs in their diet, while abstaining from eating chicken, pigs, fish and all the other animals can be called ovo-vegetarian – a vegetarian who eats eggs. With that logic, we can consider eggs safe for vegetarians, but they cannot be considered vegan for sure.
But most Indians believe that eggs are non-vegetarian and thus do not consume them if they practice vegetarianism.
The two types of eggs
There are two types of eggs, fertilized and unfertilized eggs. While people think that eggs are home for chicks, there is a huge difference between hens that lay eggs for consumption and eggs which produce chicks.
For the eggs to be fertilized, the hen and rooster must mate before the formation of the egg. If this happens, then the eggs laid by the hen are fertilized.
If the hen has not mated and she lays eggs, then the eggs are unfertilized.
What if you find blood inside the egg?
People sometimes find blood spots inside the eggs, mistaking it for the blood of the chick that was supposed to be born. However, these blood spots also called meat spots, do not mean that the egg is fertilized. This happens when the yolk of an egg is formed and the blood vessel of the hen ruptured causing the blood spot.
What does it mean?
If you find blood spots in your egg next time, you should not feel bad about killing a life, because you did not.
Yes, eggs do come from chickens but they are not killed to produce them. Not all products that come from animals are non-vegetarian, the best example is milk.
Yolk too is mostly veg, but
Most of the yolk is a suspension of fat, cholesterol and protein in water, but since the gamete cells cannot completely be demarcated from the yellow portion, the yolk is non-veg.
Eggs could have given chicks
Most eggs available in the market are unfertilized ones, so there is hardly a possibility that a chick could have come out of it, had you spared that egg!