Eating eggs have always been a part of a healthy meal because they are packed with nutrients and protein. A new study from a leading child nutrition expert at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis found that eggs significantly increased growth in young children and reduced their stunting by 47 percent! This study surpasses previous research finding that eggs are a more viable nutrition.
“Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible,” said Lora Iannotti, associate professor and lead author of the study. “They are also a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children,” she said. “Eggs have the potential to contribute to reduced growth stunting around the world.”
The study, “Eggs in Complementary Feeding and Growth,” was published June 6 in the journal Pediatrics. Iannotti and her co-authors conducted a randomized, controlled trial in Ecuador in 2015. Children ages 6-9 months were randomly assigned to be given one egg per day for 6 months, versus a control group, which did not receive eggs.