‘Egg consumption promotes healthy growth’

A nutritionist and lecturer at the University of Ghana, School of Public Health, Dr Gloria Folson, has debunked the age-long assertion that consumption of eggs could cause disease.

Rather, she stressed that the consumption of eggs stimulates healthy growth, particularly among children

Dr Folson made the observation at a media launchon on the National Egg Campaign organised by the National Association of Poultry Farmers in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in Accra last week.

The aim of the conference was to sensitise the general public on the nutritional benefits embedded in eggs which consumption has been perceived by many to be dangerous to one’s health.

In the case of children, Dr Folson revealed that the inclusion of eggs in their diets keep them healthy and eliminate stunted growth.

However, she added that eggs must be boiled or fried well before eating.

She revealed that though egg consumption has increased from 6 eggs per person to 18 in 2009 and 2017 respectively, there was still a lot to be done.

The nutritionist explained that the aim of the egg consumption campaign was to improve knowledge of consumers on the nutritional benefits of eggs and prioritise areas of low consumption such as Volta, Central, Upper East and Northern Regions

According to her, an egg contains 75 kilos of calories just about 3% of the recommended energy.

Eggs, according to Dr. Folson, are a very high source of choline, containing 220 milligram of cholesterol, including vitamins, which are good for the combination of vitamin A to clear free radicals and help reduce aging.

Making reference to a survey by the Ghana National Poultry Farmers Association and GHS in collaboration with the University of Ghana, which interviewed 665 people, she disclosed that out the number, 52% of the interviewees said they will consume eggs if available, while 48% said they will not.

“Most of the participants knew that eggs were rich in protein and good for them; 7% said they had received advice not to eat eggs and less than 40% responded they have heard lot of myths about eggs,” she disclosed.

She said that more of the lower income groups perceived eggs to be expensive and the perception of cholesterol was high among the educated respondents.

A medical expert, who was also at the event, Dr Mavis Boakye Yiadom, added that eggs have not been identified as a cause of any disease, provided it was given the best of treatment before consumption.

According to her, eggs can improve fertility in both males and females.

For his part, the Director, Animal Production Directorate at Ghana School of Public Health said the MOFA was yet to conduct a national survey to ascertain the capital consumption of eggs.

According to him, the ministry was also considering incorporating it into the School Feeding Programme.

The Vice Chairman of Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers, Mr Napoleon Agyeman, said the low consumption of eggs in the country has been killing the poultry industry.

 

Story: Prosper K.S. AGBITOR

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