When the Brown School located in Washington, D.C. was researching child hunger in conjunction with the most nutritionally-dense foods that are available worldwide, they found the ever-present egg as the best answer. One of the reasons that eggs came out on top is because they significantly impact the growth of a young child – by almost 47 percent. These are astounding numbers that can potentially invoke some planning regarding how to get more chickens, and subsequently the eggs, to places in the world that need them.
Another reason why eggs are such a good choice for children in developing countries that don’t have a lot of access to food and supplies is because eggs are high on the satiety index, which means that they keep stomachs full for longer periods of time than some of their alternatives such as rich or beans. Eggs are also incredibly affordable and can be found virtually on any part of the globe.
“Eggs are also a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children,” says Lora Iannotti, lead author on the study and an associate professor at Brown. “Eggs have the potential to contribute to reduced-growth stunting around the world. We were surprised by just how effective this intervention proved to be.”
While egg allergies are becoming more common in America, in other parts of the world this isn’t the case. Iannotti is careful to point out that during this study many caregivers were monitoring children closely and prepared for the sight of any type of allergic reaction, but in this case none occurred.
For years, the egg was talked about very unfairly and many thought they were bad for you. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. Eggs are often referred to as complete in nutritional circles. An egg is one of the best foods you can put in your body. The egg is a unique superfood that is packed full of high levels of protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals. It is also full of rich antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are integral to eye growth and the protection against conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
There were many people that would only eat the egg white for quite a bit of time but the yolk is actually the most nutritious part. Also, good fats are necessary for the overall betterment of health. Eggs also do not have carbohydrates, which means they will not negatively impact resting blood glucose levels.
Eggs really are the perfect food. They can also be cooked in a myriad of different ways and are easily added to other foods. Eggs can be incorporated into many different cultural cuisines and it always makes for an excellent meal.
Where there are eggs, chickens aren’t too far away. They bring even more protein to the conversation, which is essential for the overall betterment and healthy growth of children. Finding sustainable ways to feed those in need should be a top priority. Doing so in a way that can also be healthy is necessary to the fabric of our society.