One egg per day could reduce stunted growth – Research

Lead by Lora Iannotti of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, the new study offers more proof of the growth-promoting properties of eggs, having discovered that giving a young kid one egg a day for six months may lower the child’s chance of stunting.
The journal Pediatrics published a study on the findings recently.

The frequency of stunted growth decreased by 47% with daily egg consumption.

In Equador, South America, where about 23% of children under the age of five have stunted growth and roughly 6% are underweight, children ages 6 to 9 months participated in a randomized, controlled trial.

One egg per day could reduce stunted growth – Research

One of two groups was randomly allocated to the kids. For a period of six months, one group (the controls) received one egg every day, whereas the other group did not receive any eggs.

The children who were fed eggs had considerably higher weight-for-age and length-for-age scores than the control group, the researchers discovered.

Daily egg eating decreased the prevalence of underweight by 74% and the prevalence of stunted growth by 47%, according to a model of the egg intervention.

“We were surprised by just how effective this intervention proved to be,” says Iannotti. “The size of the effect was 0.63 compared to the 0.39 global average.”

Any allergic reactions to eggs among the children were closely monitored throughout the duration of the study, but the team reports that no incidents were observed.

Based on their findings, the researchers say that introducing eggs to the diets of young children could be a simple and cost-effective way to boost their growth.

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“Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. They are also a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children. Eggs have the potential to contribute to reduced growth stunting around the world.”

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