Parenting can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to what to feed your child. There are conflicting opinions on what is and isn’t good for kids. Yet, every parent wants to ensure that their kids grow healthily and happily. One food that is generally recognized for good nutrition is egg. Here are seven benefits of eggs for your kids.
Egg is an amazing superfood and is worth celebrating! When I reminded my children that it was World Egg Day, they asked, ‘Why does everything have a day?’ I told them that every important thing has a special day dedicated to it. Of all foods, egg is special as it is a nutrient-rich food that is considered to be beneficial for health and well-being. Diets rich in eggs will help kids grow up healthy, strong, and smart. They offer many benefits to kids, from infancy to teenage.
There is no doubt that one of the best ways to help children stay smart, healthy and happy is to feed them delicious and nutritious diets. Eggs play a big role in ensuring that children have the energy they need to learn, grow, and succeed.
1. Eggs promote healthy brain
Eggs are called “brain food” because they contain choline (pronounced KO-lean), an essential nutrient that helps to develop the brain and enhance memory. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are usually advised to eat eggs as it helps to meet their child’s need for choline. If you want to help your child to boost the parts of the brain that are important for learning and memory, then give them eggs regularly.
2. Eggs contain all the essential amino acids and proteins
There are nine essential amino acids and eggs contain all nine. They are called essential because our bodies cannot produce them and so, we have to get them from food. Children need a lot of protein as these are the building blocks for a young body and are required for cell generation. Eggs contain about 6 grams of high-quality protein.
3. Eggs contain vitamin B12 for energy supply
Eggs contain vitamin B12, which supplies energy to the body. It protects the brain and improves mood. Eating foods that contain vitamin B12 is the best way to absorb this vital nutrient as it is not easily absorbed in pill-form.
4. Eggs contribute to eye-health
Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that contribute to eye health, owing to their anti-oxidant properties. These carotenoids counteract some of the effects of degenerative processes on our eyes, as we age. It is important to make your child eat egg yolk, as this is where most of the antioxidants are found.
5. Eggs are gluten-free
Gluten sensitivity involves adverse reactions to gluten, a protein found in wheat and some other grains. For children who are gluten-sensitive, eggs are an escape route to great nutrition as they do not contain gluten. Your child can have the benefit of good nutrition without being exposed to allergy triggers, unless, of course, the child is allergic to egg itself.
6. Eggs Contain Omega-3s
Omega 3 helps in early brain development and cognitive memory. Regular consumption of eggs can help delay the onset of arthritis and heart diseases as kids mature into adults.
7. Eggs are a good source of vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for the bone health of growing kids. The requirement of Vitamin D begins at the foetal stage and continues throughout life. This is why it is good to add more eggs to your kid’s diet. Egg is one of the few food-based sources of vitamin D and it should be consumed regularly.
In conclusion, eggs are generally affordable and easily accessible. They are a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children. Apart from the benefits already mentioned, eggs come packed with other essential minerals and nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphorous and zinc. The protein in eggs will sustain your kid’s energy all day and the choline will enhance their brain function. So, why not review your kid’s diet to be sure that they are getting enough nutrition?
Adding eggs to your kid’s diet
You can add eggs to as many dishes as you desire. Have you tried stirring boiled egg into a bowl of freshly prepared cereal? Without eggs, your favourite homemade cake recipe batter wouldn’t be fluffy.
Here is a simple recipe to add to your list. What’s there to lose? Let’s get cooking!
Prepare pizza dough and spread it over a baking pan.
Apply pizza sauce and other toppings of your choice.
Grate cheese on it and let it bake for 10-12 minutes.
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