The egg, naturally.

Eggs and nutrition

One large egg contains 6 grams of protein and 14 important nutrients, such as vitamins A, D and E, folate, iron, and zinc. Containing all 9 essential amino acids, eggs are one of the few foods considered a complete protein.

Why do eggs come in different sizes?

Egg size depends on the age of the hen, as hens lay larger eggs over time. Eggs are graded at the grading station according to weight, not circumference, and are then packed and labeled according to the following sizes: peewee, small, medium, large, extra large, or jumbo.

Large eggs contain approximately:

  • 1.5 grams of saturated fat
  • 70 calories
  • 0 gram of sugar
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 185 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 2 grams monosaturated fat
  • 1 gram of polysaturated fat
  • 70 milligrams sodium
  • 0 grams carbohydrate
  • 5 grams of fat

Eggs are
also rich in vitamins
and minerals

  • 6% vitamin D
  • 2% calcium
  • 6% iron
  • 2% potassium
  • 15% riboflavin
  • 15% vitamin B12
  • 35% biotin
  • 20% pentatonic acid
  • 20% iodine
  • 25% selenium
  • 0% molybdenum
  • 25% chloline

Did you know?

The colour of the yolk varies depending on the hen's diet: if the yolk is very pale, it's likely that she has eaten wheat; if the yolk is dark, it's a safe bet that corn is her favorite grain!

Egg white

  • 17 calories (approx.)
  • 0 gram of fat.
  • More than half the total protein, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, and sodium are contained in the egg white.
  • About 66% of total egg weight.
  • If you're looking for a high level of protein and a low level of fat, egg whites are the answer.

Egg yolk

  • 55 calories (approx.)
  • All egg fats
  • All vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • Approximately 34% of total egg weight.
  • Use egg yolks to add richness and creaminess to vinaigrettes and crème hollandaise.

And cholesterol?

For many years, conventional wisdom considered eggs to be unhealthy because of their dietary cholesterol content. However, decades of research have proven that the cholesterol found in food (good cholesterol) has no effect on blood cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) and in no way increases the risk of heart disease. Great news! You can enjoy eggs without moderation!

Traceability of fresh shell eggs

The traceability process enables us to reconstruct an egg's journey from farm to table and vice versa. At Nutrigroupe in Quebec, traceability is made possible by a set of codes printed on the egg or on the packaging.

Egg variety

Nutrigroupe's Quebec grading stations code eggshells to easily trace each and every egg. The following information can be read on the shell:

QC : indicates that the egg was produced in Quebec.

XXXX : corresponds to the egg producer’s unique identifier code. Quebec grading stations have a list of these codes. It is also possible to determine the farm from a code on the egg using the tool provided on the following link:

YYY : Julian day of classification

WWW : corresponds to the unique identifier of the classification item

  • Q12 : Nutri-Œuf St-Hyacinthe inc.
  • Q21 : Nutri-Œuf St-Lambert de Lauzon inc.
  • Q29 : Les Œufs Richard inc.

M27 : example of egg expiry date

Egg variety : specialty eggs are identified as Liberté and organic.

2020 JA 30

All Nutrigroupe grading stations code the different sizes of egg cartons (6, 12, and 18 ), as well as egg cases. Boxes are marked with a code providing the following information:

2020 JA 30 : example of egg expiry date

YYY : Julian day of classification

WWW : corresponds to the unique identifier code of the classification item

  • Q12 : Nutri-Œuf St-Hyacinthe inc.
  • Q21 : Nutri-Œuf St-Lambert de Lauzon inc.
  • Q29 : Les œufs Richard inc.
  • P-1 : Maritime Pride Eggs
  • M-4 : Countryside Farm
  • S-21 : Star Egg

This information is vital in guaranteeing efficient, precise, and speedy traceability. This is greatly appreciated by all those involved in the fresh shell egg chain.

Star Egg
Counstryside Farms
Maritime Pride Eggs
Supreme Egg Products