Why Eggs Are Good for Infants and Toddlers

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Baby experts say eggs are good for both babies and toddlers, giving them important nutrition their growing bodies need. Eggs can be part of babies’ meals during the weaning period and on. At weaning time, eggs for babies provide them with iron and other vital nutrients that they need.

Egg Super Nutrition

What exactly do eggs give babies and kids? They contain a Vitamin B type that helps in the development of babies’ brain, are rich in protein, and contain omega-3, folate, Vitamin D, and lutein, which is an important antioxidant for eyes, skin, and blood vessel health. Eggs also have choline for brain and heart health. Aside from these, eggs are also loaded with minerals like selenium and zinc, which play important roles in boosting the immune strength. The best thing is that with organic eggs, this nutrition comes in all-natural form.

From being milk-fed infants, babies face some nutritional challenges, especially when they get to be 4 to 6 months old, which is the bracket of weaning age. As they are introduced gradually to non-milk food and their milk intake is reduced, giving them other foods rich in iron like eggs helps prevent iron deficiency.

DHA Supply

When a baby is fed more with formula milk and then introduced to other foods during weaning time, they may lack a vital fatty acid needed for growth and brain development—DHA. Thus, breastfeeding is important because breast milk is rich in this fatty acid. However, to prevent your baby from lacking DHA as a toddler, adding egg to their diet is recommended by other doctors. Aside from being rich in iron, it is also rich in DHA. Both babies and toddlers mostly love soft-boiled eggs because they are easy to consume.

How Many Eggs Per Day?

In an issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was recommended that children can be given 4 eggs a week. Some experts say one egg per day was good for toddlers, but that is should not be more than 7 eggs a week to avoid cholesterol issues. Anyway, the idea is not to feed your baby or toddler always with eggs. A healthy menu is to give them different kinds of healthy food, like vegetables and fruits, a little of meat and fish, plus dairy. A variety of food in healthy proportions is the best diet for babies.

On top of everything, always consult your pediatrician when it comes to your baby’s food. This is especially advised when trying eggs for babies and their regular meals.

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