Washington University, St Louis study
Eggs significantly increased growth in young children and reduced their stunting by 47 percent, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. This was a much greater effect than had been shown in previous studies.
Iannotti and her co-authors conducted a randomised, controlled trial in Ecuador. Children ages 6-9 months were randomly assigned to be given one egg per day for 6 months, versus a control group, which did not receive eggs. Feeding one egg per day decreased the prevalence of stunted growth by 47% and underweight by 74%.
The researchers were surprised by just how effective this intervention proved to be, Iannotti said. “Eggs are a complete food, affordable, safely packaged and arguably more accessible in resourcepoor populations than other complementary foods, specifically fortified foods. Eggs have the potential to contribute to reduced-growth stunting around the world,” she said.