Food is central to the health and development of people of all ages, especially infants and young children. A recent study reveals that a hollow a day helps in the development of the baby.
Every day several studies are carried out around the world to prove the most varied theories, among the studies that have attracted the attention is what says that consuming one egg per day helps in the development of the baby.
The egg is one of those foods that always cause controversy, sometimes it is said that it does well, other times it does harm, but recently a research has again proved that the egg is a food full of benefits, indicated, including, to do part of the feeding of children from the sixth month of life.
Does an egg help in the development of the baby?
A study by public health researchers from the United States and Ecuador analyzed the egg’s influence in a group of 163 6- to 9-month-old babies living in a humble spot in Ecuador.
The children were divided into two groups: half received one egg per day in food and the other half did not gain any.
The weight and height of the babies were evaluated with each passing week.
After six months, researchers looked at the data for all babies and found that those who ate their eggs daily were taller and taller than babies who did not receive the food.
Children who ate one egg per day were also 74% less likely to be underweight and 47% less likely to develop muscle atrophy and rickets.
According to scientists, the protection that the egg exerts on the body of the people, is due to the high level of vitamin B12, proteins and other nutrients fundamental for the development of children.
According to the authors of the research, an egg provides 50% of the nutrients a baby needs per day.
Experts claim that the egg is a complete and very good food for babies and children who do not have a correct diet. Due to the calcium, vitamins and proteins contained in the egg, this food prevents rickets.
However the main advantage of the egg is that because it is rich in ARA and DHA acids, it aids in the child’s cognitive development.
What are DHA and ARA?
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a fatty acid of the same type as omega 3, essential for the development of the brain and vision of infants and children. This acid can be found in egg yolk, breast milk and cold water fish such as tuna, sardines and salmon.
ARA is an arachidonic acid that contributes to the evolution of the nervous system of infants and young children.