Research has found that eggs could help boost baby brain development.
If your baby is ready for solids, try giving them scrambled eggs.
A study from the Washington University in St. Louis found that feeding babies eggs could provide them with key nutrients for better brains.
Researchers found that babies who were in introduced to eggs beginning at six months showed significantly higher blood concentrations of choline, other biomarkers in choline pathways, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Choline (a nutrient that acts like vitamin B) and DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a structural component of the brain) play vital roles in infant brain development and function.
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Eggs are a nutritionally complete food
“Eggs have been consumed throughout human history, but the full potential of this nutritionally complete food has yet to be recognised in many resource-poor settings around the world,” says Lora Iannotti, associate dean for public health and associate professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
According to Iannotti, eggs deliver their nutrients in a holistic package, or “food matrix”, which improves absorption and metabolism.
“Like milk or seeds, eggs are designed to support the early growth and development of an organism and are, therefore, dense in nutrient content,” Iannotti says.
“Eggs provide essential fatty acids, proteins, choline, vitamins A and B12, selenium and other critical nutrients at levels above or comparable to those found in other animal food products, but they are relatively more affordable.”
One egg a day
For the study, children ages six to nine months old were randomly assigned to be given one egg per day for six months.
The control group did not receive eggs.
A previous paper from the same study showed eggs significantly improved growth and reduced stunting among babies who were introduced to eggs beginning at six months.
Source: Washington University in St. Louis via www.sciencedaily.com