Eggs. They are a versatile breakfast staple and a great source of protein. With the amount of eggs the average American ingests, it's amazing that there's a part of the egg most people know nothing about.
Meet the "Chalaza". The Chalaza is a white, stringy substance you can find attached to the yolk of most eggs.
Is it the eggs umbilical cord? Some irregularity in the egg creation process? Is it even safe to eat?
Don't worry! Not only is the "Chalaza" safe to eat, it's actually a sign that your eggs are fresh.
Usually there are two "Chalaza" on every egg. One on each side. They act as "little anchors" designed to keep the yolk centered in the middle of the egg.
They connect the yolk to the egg shell. The whole point of the Chalaza is to keep the yolk from settling on either side of the shell.
As we mentioned, the Chalaza is safe to eat. If you find one in your egg, it's even a sign that your egg is fresh!
The "Chalaza" disappears as the egg ages. If you don't see at least one in your egg after you break open, it may be a sign that your eggs are going bad!
Wow! Look at thatChalaza. This egg is definitely healthy!
Now, if anyone asks you what that weird stringy thing in their egg is, you can tell them "It's a Chalaza, and it is good."
More information about the "Chalaza" can be found here.