COMMENTARY | Now PETA, that organization which is apparently dedicated to the death of all joy where it comes to food, has declared war in Easter, or at least the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition dating back to 1878.
PETA is admonishing First Lady Michelle Obama for using actual eggs, according to the Washington Examiner. It is that organization’s position that it is cruel to the chickens required to lay them and unhealthy for the children who will be rolling them across the White House lawn and then presumably eating them. PETA claims that eggs have too much cholesterol in them and urges the White House to use plastic or ceramic eggs instead. Presumably they would not be eaten at the end of the event, though they might contain raw veggies or whatever PETA wants people to eat.
Naturally the egg industry disagrees with the animal rights organization; citing USDA statistics.
“The amount of cholesterol in a single large egg has decreased by 14 percent according to the new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition data. Consuming an egg a day fits easily within dietary guidance, which recommends limiting cholesterol consumption to 300 mg per day.
“Eggs now contain 41 IU of vitamin D, which is an increase of 64 percent from 2002. Eggs are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of vitamin D, meaning that one egg provides at least 10 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping to form and maintain strong bones.
“The amount of protein in one large egg – 6 grams of protein or 12 percent of the Recommended Daily Value – remains the same, and the protein in eggs is one of the highest quality proteins found in any food. Eggs are all-natural, and one egg has lots of vitamins and minerals all for 70 calories. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. At less than 15 cents apiece, eggs are an affordable and delicious breakfast option.”
The White House also cites the exercise derived by rolling an egg across a sward of green grass, not to mention the live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and general fun involved in the Easter egg roll.
One should also remind PETA of the study that suggested that vegetarianism is unhealthier than eating meat. So it really needs to be quiet, fire up the grill, and have a hamburger or hot dog.