Here is some important information for all parents across the globe in connection with the development of their children. In a new study, the secret to increase growth and reduce stunting in kids has been revealed. And it is so easy to adopt that parents do not have to make much effort to include it in the daily eating routine of their children. Furthermore, it is affordable and easily accesible. It is none other than the humble egg. Eating an egg daily may well contribute to reducing stunting by 47 per cent, says the study. According to Lora Iannotti of Washington University in St Louis in the US, an egg is a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children and should be adopted around the world, reports news agency PTI.
The study was conducted on a group of children in teh six to nine years age group. Divided into two groups, they were randomly assigned and while one group were given one egg per day for 6 months teh other was not given any. The researchers said that the children, in the treatment group, had higher dietary intakes of eggs and reduced intake of sugar-sweetened foods compared to the control group. After a certain period of time, it was found that eggs increase scores for standardised length-for-age and weight-for-age. The results indicated a reduced prevalence of stunting by 47 per cent and underweightedness by 74 per cent, said the researchers.
Elated over the results of study, Iannotti said that she was “surprised” to see the result of study that shows how effective this intervention proved to be. She said that the size of the effect was 0.63 compared to the 0.39 global average. Further counting the benefits of eggs, she called it a “complete food”. According to her, eggs are safely packaged and arguably more accessible in resource-poor populations than other complementary foods.