An egg each day helps children grow taller – Study

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An egg a day might help un­dernourished young chil­dren grow to a healthy height, according to a six-month study in Ecuador.
Whether soft or hard-boiled, fried or whisked into an om­elette, eggs appeared to give in­fants a boost.
It could be a cheap way to pre­vent stunting, say researchers in the journal Pediatrics.
The first two years of life are critical for growth and develop­ment – any stunting is largely ir­reversible.
Poor nutrition is a major cause of stunting, along with childhood infections and illnesses.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 155 million children under the age of five are stunted (too short for their age).
Most live in low- and middle-income countries and health ex­perts have been looking at ways to tackle the issue.
Only half of the 160 youngsters who took part in the randomised trial were fed an egg a day for six months – the others were moni­tored for comparison.
The researchers visited the chil­dren’s families every week to make sure they were sticking to the study plan and to check for any prob­lems or side-effects, including egg allergy.
Stunting was far less common among the egg treatment group by the end of the study – the prev­alence was 47% less than in the non-egg group, even though rela­tively more of these egg-fed infants were considered short for their age at the start of the study.