BBC: An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller
Family Science Adjunct Research Professor Dr. Chessa Lutter was recently published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The article, “Eggs in Early Complementary Feeding and Child Growth: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” investigated the effects of introducing eggs early during complementary feeding on Ecuadorian children ages six to nine months. Complementary feeding is the period in which an infant transitions from exclusively breastfeeding to eating family foods, typically beginning at six months. This is a vulnerable time for infants, who are at high risk of malnutrition if not given a sufficient amount and type of new foods.
In the BBC News story, lead researcher Dr. Lora Iannotti clarified that eggs are a great way to give infants a combination of nutrients, but must be part of a balanced diet and cooked well to avoid infection.
"Eggs are a high-quality, low-cost food, largely accessible to the world's poor," says Dr. Lutter. "Our study showed that they can safely be fed to young children, helping to support optimal growth and development."