Rajinder Maddy | Sep 18, 2018 | 0
An egg a day may spurt growth in kids: Parents , take note- Dr. Rupinder Bedi
Research : Eating an egg a day can significantly increase growth and reduce stunting by 47 per cent in young children, finds a study. Eggs are an all-natural source of high-quality protein and a number of other nutrients. Cost-effective and versatile, the unique nutritional composition of eggs can help meet a variety of nutrient needs of children.
For the study, the team included children aged six to nine months to be given one egg per day for six months, versus a control group, which did not receive eggs. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, showed that those who ate one egg per day had a reduced prevalence of stunting by 47 per cent and underweight by 74 per cent. “We were surprised by just how effective this intervention proved to be. The size of the effect was 0.63 compared to the 0.39 global average,” Iannotti said.
Eggs are a complete food, safely packaged and arguably more accessible in resource-poor populations than other complementary foods, specifically fortified foods, Iannotti said. “Eggs seem to be a viable and recommended source of nutrition for children in developing countries,” Iannotti said.
Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. It can be a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children and have the potential to contribute to reduced growth stunting around the world,” said lead author Lora Iannotti from the Washington University in St. Louis.