Are eggs good for kids? This is an interesting question asked by so many moms. I was kind of skeptical about giving a boiled egg daily to my little boy. I felt that an egg on a daily basis, may aggravate his constipation problems, make him obese etc. And then my son fell ill with the flu. He lost a lot of weight. On doctor’s advice, I started giving him one boiled egg to eat, daily. It sure does improve your child’s appetite and overall health. I’ll give you good reasons why you should crack one open right away!
A Few Eggy Facts
Eggs are power packed with a lot of vital nutrients which are essential for the growth and development of a child. Did you know that the yolk contains more than 90 percent of the calcium and iron found in an egg and that the egg whites are super rich in protein?
Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals – the two essential nutrients that boost immunity and protect your child from diseases. No wonder my son’s pediatrician recommended giving him a boiled egg to eat, daily.
Vitamins in an egg
Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin – This helps your body to convert food into energy.
Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin- This is necessary for producing red blood cells.
Vitamin A or Retinol – As the name suggests, this one is what you need for great eyesight.
Vitamins A and B2 – These are important for growth.
Minerals In An Egg
Eggs contain these minerals –
Zinc – essential for a healthy immune system
Phosphorus – required for healthy bones and teeth
Iron – needed for healthy haemoglobin levels in blood and helps a child not to feel tired easily.
It also has iodine and selenium in small traces. Iodine is essential for proper working of the thyroid gland. Selenium is an antioxidant that fights inflammation and reduces the risk of getting affected by cancer.
Eggs Reduce Chances Of Obesity
Many parents feel that eggs can fatten their child. This is not true.
Here is the reason why – Eggs keep you feeling full for a longer time. They limit your calorie intake by as much as 400 calories. So it is less likely that little tummies will feel hunger pangs immediately after eating a boiled egg. Besides, the cholesterol present in eggs is ‘dietary’ cholesterol that is not as harmful as the bad cholesterol present in blood.
For those who hate milk…
You have kids who hate milk? Why not give a nourishing and tasty boiled egg instead? Eggs are also good for children with lactose intolerance.
Here is a funny incident that took place a few months back. I happened to buy half a dozen hen’s eggs. Every single one of them had a double yolk. People have a lot of apprehensions about eggs with two yolks in them. I just made some scrumptious omelettes with them 😉
NECC, India, has time and again emphasized “Sunday ho ya Monday, roz khao ande”. I couldn’t agree more. In case you decide to implement this, check out these yummy Indian egg recipes for kids.
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