There is a famous saying, “An Egg today is better than a Hen to-morrow” by Benjamin Franklin. Well, it is true, nutritionally; eggs have a lot to offer. They are power-packed with nutrients associated to good health, as well as help with the prevention of many age-related diseases. Also with the Easter week just leaving round the corner, what could be a better way other than this to bring forth the goodness of the humble egg?
One of the key ingredients for cooking is an egg, as their content literally acts as the glue to many important baking effects. However, what if you are in a situation with no source of fresh eggs, or if you are out camping in a somewhat remote location, how would you get an alternative for your diet or recipe? Well in this era of advanced technology, egg powder is the solution. Popularly used as a replacement for regular eggs, egg powder refers to completely dehydrated eggs that are available in powdered form. It is similar to regular eggs in composition and offers the same benefits.
The major factor driving the global demand of egg powder is its long shelf life and portability. Egg powder has a shelf-life of 5 to 10 years and is non-perishable, when stored in an air-tight container. It can easily be transported and does not require refrigeration, unlike real eggs which have high chances of cracking. Apart from providing the same amount of protein as regular eggs, it is also lactose free, low in carbohydrate, cholesterol and fat, and also offers reduced weight per volume as compared to whole egg.
Egg powder is also highly convenient to use because of its physical form which leads to low to none product wastage and generates no residue after usage like in case of shell eggs. Egg powders are also available in a versatile product range such as egg white powder, egg yolk powder, whole egg powder and egg shell powder. These varied product range can cater to different needs of people. Egg white powder is rich in protein content whereas egg yolk powder contains bulk of the egg’s fat. A person who is opting for low-calorie, high-protein diet can easily consume egg white powder without putting any effort in the tedious segregation process of egg yolk and egg white.
Based on the type, the global egg powder market has been segmented into whole egg powder, yolk egg powder and white egg powder. The whole egg powder currently represents the largest segment.
On the basis of end-use, bakery represented the largest application segment for egg powder, which was followed by sauces, dressings & mixes.
It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol. However, they are quite high in quality animal protein and also contain the vital amino acids that a human body needs. Eggs are the nature’s perfect food. Apart from everything else, they are cheap, widely available, easy to prepare, goes with almost any food and taste just amazing.