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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Eggcelent Easter: Dietitian gives tips for enjoying popular holiday tradition

  • Carrye Wells, lead dietician for St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, said coloring eggs is one of her favorite Easter traditions but said people should be careful when it comes to eating hard boiled eggs.
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  • Carrye Wells, lead dietician for St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, said coloring eggs is one of her favorite Easter traditions but said people should be careful when it comes to eating hard boiled eggs.
    “You should pull the eggs out of the fridge right before you dye them,” she said.
    Wells said if eggs sit in room temperature for too long, the risk of salmonella increases. She said when dyeing eggs, the eggs should be immediately colored then placed back into the refrigerator until it is time to eat them.
    When dyeing eggs, Wells said to be extremely careful when choosing the type of dye to use and to read pre-packaged Easter egg dyes to make sure it’s an appropriate product.
    “Always use dyes that are ok to digest,” she said.
    Wells said Kool-aid packets are excellent dyes for eggs because it dyes quickly and efficiently and is healthy to digest.
    Wells said while dyeing eggs is fun, they should not be eaten after they’ve been hidden outside.
    “If you’re going to hide them, don’t eat them,” she said.
    When hiding eggs in the dirt outside, Wells said you can’t be sure what bacteria and germs will come in contact with those eggs before being eaten.
    “Just think about what if a dog or cat had just gone to the bathroom in that spot,” she said.
    She suggests either dyeing a dozen to eat or a dozen to hide or instead hide the plastic eggs, which is what she prefers.
    “You can put little goodies in the egg,” she said.
    Wells said because she is a dietitian she doesn’t put candy in the plastic eggs she hides but rather small tokens like money or small gifts.
    “It makes it double fun to find them,” she said.
    Wells said while planning an Easter party to also be aware of how long the eggs have been sitting out for people to eat. She said a two-hour maximum should be taken into consideration if eggs are on display inside for consumption but if eggs are being eaten outside, the time to leave them out decreases to an hour because of the temperature.
    Eggs can be left in the refrigerator for up to a week after boiled, she said.
     

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