Are Eggs Good for Pregnancy and Early Childhood?
The short answer is yes they are! Eggs have been the subject of many versions of "are they healthy"? The good news is that we now know that eggs, especially eggs from chemical-free, pesticide-free farms are not only... not bad for you, but they are also actually a very important way to have a healthy diet. In particular pregnant women and children can really benefit from adding eggs into their diet.
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Ensuring your growing baby is receiving all the proper nutrients is a constant struggle for expecting mothers. Lack of awareness around nutritional value, and common misconceptions about everyday foods lead mothers to experiment with new diets during these crucial moments of development. But the answers are right in front of us.
During pregnancy, choline plays a vital role in the fetal development of the brain and spinal cord. It's an absolutely essential nutrient for growing and developing babies. Research performed by South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) found that only 39% of pregnant women have an adequate choline intake.
However, there’s a delicious and nutritious way for mothers to support their future children. Eggs!
Did you know that eggs are an excellent source of choline?
One serving of eggs contains 74% of the adequate choline intake for pregnant women. Not to mention the 13 other essential vitamins and nutrients packed into every shell.
The latest Australian research from SAHMRI also found that women who consumed more than six eggs per week were seven times more likely to meet the adequate intake recommendation for choline than those who consumed less. While eggs are no silver bullet, their all-around qualities as a superfood simply can't be ignored during these vital stages and should be consumed as part of a well-balanced diet, in a child's life.
Keep reading to discover all the delicious and unique ways you can incorporate eggs into your life to help make sure you and your baby are getting adequate choline.
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Eggs During Pregnancy
Eggs are one of the few foods containing high amounts of the nutrient choline. Currently, pregnant women are consuming around 2.6 eggs per week, which could explain why only 4 out of 10 expecting mothers are getting enough choline daily.
Choline is essential during pregnancy for fetal brain and spinal cord development, decreasing the risk of neural tube defects while maintaining the health of the placenta. It is one of six key nutrients that are important for fetal brain development along with folate, iodine, iron, vitamin D and omega-3 DHA.
Did you know that choline — along with the five key nutrients above — is found in substantial amounts in eggs?
The latest research showed that if pregnant women consumed one extra egg a day, the percentage of women with adequate choline intakes would increase from 39% to 80%.
There's truly something special hiding within that shell.
Eggs as a First Food
Even after birth, eggs continue to shine as a versatile and effective food source for children. Eggs contain over 13 essential vitamins and nutrients, helping your child get a well-balanced diet as they get accustomed to new foods and tastes. For busy new parents, eggs are an absolutely effortless food to prepare, and can also be prepared in a variety of different ways.
Early introduction of egg (between 4-6 months) may help reduce the risk of your child developing an egg allergy by up to 40%.
The NHMRC recommends approximately 14g of protein a day for children aged 1-3 years and 20g a day for children 4-8 years.