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Are Eggs Chicken Periods? A Nurse Gives the Lowdown

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Posted February 4, 2015 by Marta Holmberg


It’s been a while since we’ve had Kelli the nurse bestow her infinite wisdom on you, and we know you’re itchin’ for more. Check out what she has to say (though, of course, we’re just giving you this info to be nice—we’re not trying to replace your doctor or nutritionist! If you need medical, dietary or other professional advice, of course go see a qualified specialist who can advise on your individual needs), then let us know your favorite way to replace eggs (straight-up or when baking). I love tofu quiche (I’m fancy)!
Marta

“Are eggs really chicken periods?”

For a straightforward question like this one, I say we skip the small talk and jump right into some (poorly) hand-drawn diagrams!


Exhibit A

Every month, a (human) girl produces an egg from one of her ovaries. The walls of the uterus become a nice comfy home for the egg by filling with blood to become plush cushions. If the egg meets a sperm, the cushions become a sofa for a baby to relax on for nine months. If the egg doesn’t meet a sperm, the uterus says, “These cushions are so last month. Let’s make some new ones,” and the body gets rid of the cushions. The uterus, like many of you, is a DIY diva. The body does some interior decorating … and the girl has her period.


Exhibit B

Hens, female chickens, have a cycle that can be daily during certain times of the year. Like humans, hens have ovaries, though only the left ovary develops fully. This ovary sends a yolk on its path. The yolk forms what we know as an “egg white” as it moves through the reproductive tract into the shell gland. The shell takes about 21 hours to form and “Cluck!”—out pops an egg! Because this egg is unfertilized, it won’t grow into a cute baby chick like peta2’s Nugget.Chicken in a cage

So, a human “period” is an unfertilized reproductive cycle and the eggs at the grocery store are unfertilized reproductive cycles. I’ll let you decide if eggs are “chicken periods,” but don’t get grossed out now! When you really think about it, our bodies and chickens’ bodies do some pretty awesome things. It’s reassuring to know that our bodies are working fulltime whether we are studying hard or on summer vacation. It’s the egg industry that should gross you out with their lazy practices.

2. Hens in battery cages

Practically all of the hens who lay eggs to be eaten in our country have their claws and beaks cruelly sliced off and are never given the chance to spread their wings. Hens undergo these conditions their entire lives. These practices leave hens mutilated, stressed, and more prone to become infected with salmonella … which they pass on in their eggs to humans.

11. battery cage chickens

Many people decide not to eat eggs for cruelty reasons and many more decide not to eat eggs because they are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat (70 percent of the calories in one egg is from pure fat!). Eggs are wonderful for nourishing a baby chick for a few days, but all of that fat can lead to heart problems in humans.

Besides, we don’t need eggs. Grocery stores sell egg-free substitutes for eggs used in baking recipes. Sometimes you can even just replace an egg in a recipe with half a mashed banana or a few spoonfuls of applesauce. You can even try grilling up some black bean burgers held together by tomato paste mixed with your favorite seasonings for a kick. And when it comes to taste, tofu scramble beats scrambled eggs any day. It just takes a little interior decorating in the refrigerator to finds new ways to be healthy and cruelty-free.

-Kelli

Kelli Ellis is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing who is currently working on her Master’s at Penn State University while working at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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  • 339 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Food comes from the earth, not the womb.

  • 619 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Mind Blown

  • 772 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A person necessarily lend a hand to make severely articles I might state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and to this point? I amazed with the research you made to make this actual put up amazing. Excellent activity!

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    835 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thank god i have never even liked eggs

  • 1251 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s why we buy our eggs at farmers market, local feed stores from farmers we meet and their chickens are allowed to roam free, eat REAL bugs like chickens are designed to(not vegetarian food)and the TASTE and COLOR are so different. They are fresher and dark golden color. If you like eggs, buy organic from a local farmer instead. forget old vegetarian fed hen eggs from cruelly cooped chickens sold at stores/

  • 1639 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well I’ve always known this, and some people think it’s disgusting. Yet, I can’t help what I think tastes delicious.

  • mj

    1919 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    the other day i was like mom are eggs chicken periods she said ya. and i was just thinking the same thing..eting eggs from a store is like buying used tampons and eating them

  • 1924 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ewww! its actually sick : just as well i dont like eggs, and dont eat them 😀 lol.

  • 1955 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    luckily we have chickens in our backyard so we inspect the eggs and the chickens are treated fairly

  • 2156 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My family and I haven’t eaten egg or chicken for that matter ever since we heard of how they were treated. My children were so sad they almost cried when they heard about the claws and beaks being removed. We love scrambled tofu, it’s healthier and more delicious!

  • 2262 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This def. makes me wanna go vegan. thank you peta2!

  • 2264 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this proves again how we are all animals and need to treat each other with respect! why don’t people understand this?!

  • 2264 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What a simple and nice way to have explained this whole thing. Thank you :)
    Oh and the diagrams are super-cute! :)

  • 2264 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ew, that’s disgusting. that’s why i can’t eat boiled eggs anymore. I’m not vegan, because i still eat some dairy products, but this has put me off scrambled/boiled egg for life!

  • 2264 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I used to like eggs…. but learning this made me not like them. haha :)
    I’m not a vegetarian, or a vegan, but information about them interests me, because I’m not allowed to be a veg-head. Parents….

  • 2265 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    aww…cute pix. i have to say tho, eggs are kind of gross when you think about it.

  • 2265 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I say this constantly. Eating an egg is the equivelant of eating a used tampon. GROSS.

  • Rey

    2265 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I used to eat both tofu scramble and egg back in the day when I wasn’t vegan, and liked the taste of tofu better… it’s ridiculously easy.

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