The addition of one egg per day to a child’s diet reduces the chance of rickets by 47% and by 74% of those who are underweight. This is what a study carried out in Ecuador says, according to Poultry World magazine.
Nutrition student Amy Smith analyzed international studies. She found that eggs are an important boost to child development, even though they have relatively few calories.
Although an egg contains less than 70 calories, the quality of protein it offers is high, according to Amy – PW. This means that an egg provides all the essential amino acids and protein blocks necessary for the human body to grow and develop.
“Eggs have been introduced repeatedly to add nutritional value to our diets, both in developing countries and here in the UK,” notes Amy – PW. “Childhood is a time when diet needs to be as nutrient-rich as possible without providing excess calories, fat and sugar, which, especially in developed countries, can increase the risk of obesity.”
“Foods like eggs, which are high in protein, B vitamins, vitamin D and minerals, are therefore an excellent choice. They also have the benefit of easy storage and are simple to cook, “says Amy – PW.
The report also highlighted specific egg nutrients that support optimal health and development during childhood, such as:
- B vitamins for energy release
- Vitamin D for bone health and immune function
- Hill, which is essential for development and normal cognitive function
- Iodine for brain development
According to nutritionist Carrie Ruxton told PW, parents often do not know when to introduce eggs into children’s diets.
“Weaning can be a confusing time given the wide range of advice provided by family members and health professionals so eggs are often forgotten,” Carrie explains. “However, they are one of the best protein foods when your baby reaches 6 months,” he adds.
According to her, in addition to the rich nutrient content, eggs are easy to digest and quick to prepare. The nutritionist points out that studies show that the early introduction of eggs helps babies avoid certain food allergies – probably because the immune system gets used to the different proteins.
Student report Amy Smith, “The Role of Eggs in the Nutritional Status of Children in Developing Countries,” was published in Network Health Digest.
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