One egg daily for six months can boost baby’s brain devel­op­ment, func­tion

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - HEALTH NEWS -

FEed­ing­ba­bies eggs boosts their brain devel­op­ment and func­tion, new re­search sug­gests. Just one egg a day for six months sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases young­sters’ lev­els of the nu­tri­ents choline and Do­cosa­hex­aenoic acid (DHA), both of which are in­volved in brain health, a study found.

Pre­vi­ous re­search re­veals feed­ing babies eggs im­proves their growth and pre­vents stunt­ing.

The find­ings were re­ported in the Amer­i­can jour­nal of Clin­i­cal nutri­tion.

Lead au­thor Lora Ian­notti from the Brown School at Washington Univer­sity, said: “Like milk or seeds, eggs are de­signed to sup­port the early growth and devel­op­ment of an or­gan­ism and are, there­fore, dense in nutri­ent con­tent.

“Eggs pro­vide es­sen­tial fatty acids, pro­teins, choline, vi­ta­mins A and B12, se­le­nium, and other crit­i­cal nu­tri­ents at lev­els above or com­pa­ra­ble to those found in other an­i­mal food prod­ucts, but they are rel­a­tively more af­ford­able.”

The re­searchers an­a­lyzed 163 babies aged be­tween six and nine months from Ecuador in 2015.

Of the in­fants, 80 were fed one egg a day for six months, while the re­main­der were given none. Their vi­ta­min and min­eral lev­els were as­sessed via blood tests.

Re­sults re­veal babies who eat eggs have sig­nif­i­cantly higher lev­els of choline and DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, both of which play a vi­tal role in brain devel­op­ment and func­tion.

Ms Ian­notti said: “Eggs have been con­sumed through­out hu­man his­tory, but the full po­ten­tial of this nu­tri­tion­al­ly­complete food has yet to be rec­og­nized in many re­sour­ce­poor set­tings around the world.

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