Should Children Eat Eggs Everyday?

Eggs are one of the cheapest sources of protein that is readily available in Nigeria and which forms part of the regular staples in many homes.

However, the negative hype around egg being a source of high cholesterol has generally caused people to become sceptical of its goodness.  A recent research reveals that eating eggs regularly is not directly responsible for high blood cholesterol. It is common to hear that kids will be prone to Type 2 diabetes when they grow up if they take eggs regularly.

However, these fears cannot become real if you stay within the limit of what your kids should take in daily. An average egg contains approximately 183mg of cholesterol and a child needs cholesterol intake should be less than 300mg daily. So eating an egg once, a day is healthy for your child.

Egg contains lots of nutrients that are highly beneficial to the growth of your child. Some of which are choline, Folate, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Niacin, Omega-3 fats, Protein, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc.

However how do you identify fresh eggs?

You can identify fresh eggs that are still edible by using this time-tested method.

  • Put the egg in a container of water.
  • If the egg bent on the side at the bottom, it shows it is still fresh
  • If the egg stands straight on the bottom, it shows that if you do not eat it on time it could go bad.
  • If the egg floats at the top, then you should throw it away

As nutritious as eggs are, you must be careful in preparing it to avoid salmonella poisoning. This bacteria is usually found in a normal egg and it becomes dangerous when your egg is not cooked properly or when it is taken raw. So to prevent this, do the following

  • Buy fresh eggs with shell
  • Avoid giving a soft, raw or slightly cooked egg to your kids
  • Ensure that you boil your egg well before eating

An egg is beneficial to the body yet your kids should eat it in moderation and do not exceed the daily consumption so your kids will be the better for it.

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Your Baby Should Eat Nuts

Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.

Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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