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How Eggs Can Provide Sustainable Nutrition to Fight World Hunger

By Mickey Rubin, PhD

Executive Director
The Egg Nutrition Center (part of the American Egg Board)

According to the World Health Organization, millions of children around the world suffer from stunting and wasting as a result of insufficient nutrition. In other words, they’re not growing normally and their bodies are skeletal and frail.

Even here in the United States, one in six children faces hunger on a regular basis. For more than 12 million kids in the U.S., getting the nutrition they need to learn and grow has become a daily challenge.

In a world where so many people, especially children, go hungry and suffer from malnutrition, we have good evidence to show that eggs can be an important part of the solution.

Eggs Reduce Stunting and Wasting in Children

Two separate studies, conducted among children in nutritionally vulnerable populations, found that adding just one or two eggs per day to these children’s diets dramatically improves their health outcomes.

The first study, conducted by researchers from Washington University in Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador, determined that providing one egg per day for six months to children ages six to nine months (compared to a control group who did not) significantly improved growth while reducing prevalence of stunting by 47 percent.

Similarly, researchers from the University of Arkansas found that adding just two eggs per day to the diets of children ages six to nine years in undernourished areas of rural Uganda resulted in increased height and weight.

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Eggs Provide Sustainable Nutrition

Proper nutrition, starting at a young age, is crucial. But when we think about feeding the world, we must also consider the environmental impact of the production of these foods and the contribution to local communities. This is commonly referred to as “sustainable nutrition.”

In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has a broad definition of sustainable diets that is inclusive of not only nutrition and the environment, but also economics and society.

The world’s egg farmers are committed to providing a sustainable source of nutritious food. One large egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals and six grams of high-quality protein. At about $0.17 each, eggs are a highly affordable protein source with one of the lowest environmental impacts.

World Egg Day 

The second Friday in October is World Egg Day. A great deal of attention revolves around the nutrition eggs provide, but we should also celebrate efforts to help sustain local communities economically. This is a key effort of the International Egg Foundation (IEF). The IEF focuses on increasing egg production to provide undernourished infants, children and families with an independent, sustainable and high-quality protein supply. The IEF is also providing resources for communities in Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe to become successful egg producers.

Efforts like these are not only commendable; they illustrate how eggs can provide communities and at-risk populations around the world with a sustainable, affordable, and accessible source of high-quality protein and essential nutrients. The egg truly is incredible.

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From Deviled to Divorciados – The Incredible Egg Asks How Do You Like Your Eggs?

How Do You Like Your Eggs? The American Egg Board, the marketing arm for U.S. egg farmers, poses this age-old question to Americans through its latest marketing campaign — a relaunch of the brand’s trademark “Incredible Egg.”

 

Breaking out of the ordinary, The Incredible Egg and its new campaign inspires consumers to think about eggs differently — beyond the usual. Not only are eggs nutritious, with one large egg containing 6 grams of high-quality protein, they’re also one of the most versatile foods on the planet. From deviled, baked, fried or even as a cloud, the latest campaign from The Incredible Egg helps consumers explore the ways and occasions for which they enjoy eggs.

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Incredible Scholarships Awarded to Tomorrow’s Leaders

During the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis this week, the Incredible Egg announced the three winners of its first-ever Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. The contest encouraged National FFA members to nominate their local chapters for a chance to win one of three grants – one for $2,000 and two for $1,500.

“With more than 500 entries to the Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest, selecting which of these amazing chapters would receive the three grants was a very difficult decision,” said Anne L. Alonzo, AEB’s President and CEO. “Each entry we reviewed had incredible stories of leadership, unique educational programming and enthusiasm for enriching the agriculture industry. We are thrilled to be able to provide support for these chapters – they are all excellent examples of what FFA embodies.”

This year’s recipients of the Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest grants are:

Grand Prize Winner: Cass City FFA (Michigan)

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After losing their only local grocery store four years ago, the Cass City FFA chapter launched their “Meat”ing the Need for Our Village program, to raise livestock and poultry to support the local food pantry – and because of it, the food pantry has not needed to buy meat on their own for the last three years. They’ve since added dairy to this program and with the grant money would like to begin providing eggs by starting a 100-hen laying flock.

Runner-up #1: Hope FFA (Indiana)

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The Hope FFA chapter recognized how agriculture can have a positive and therapeutic impact, by creating a hands-on experience for preschoolers with developmental needs. Each child was introduced to different livestock – from sheep to goats, ducks, calves, chickens, kittens and horses – and the positive reaction from each child was overwhelming to chapter members. They will use their grant money to continue to implement similar programs for other children.

Runner-up #2: Rio Rico FFA (Arizona)

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The mission of the Rio Rico High School Agricultural Education Program is to improve the quality of life of the people of Santa Cruz County, Arizona through programs which provide fruits, vegetables and eggs to the community. Working together with local social clubs, civic organizations, food banks and national hunger relief organizations, they are determined to wipe out malnutrition locally, and through this grant will secure more resources, such as a 100-hen laying coop, to provide for their community.

New grants will be offered in January 2018 on AEB.org/FFA.

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Appetite for Health

Kids are headed back to school, and if you’re busy buying supplies, don’t forget to restock your kitchen with essential foods and beverages that can help your child be their best.

Did you know that multiple scientific studies demonstrate the cognitive benefits of eating breakfast, such as better memory time, test scores and school attendance? No wonder they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

A well-rounded breakfast should have multiple food groups represented such as lean sources of protein, like eggs, whole grains and a fruit or veggie. For example, these 60-second Coffee Mug Eggs served on top of a whole grain English muffin with a side of fruit.

For busy mornings when you’re scrambling to find your keys and get the kids to school on time, whip up an on-the-go Breakfast Burrito with a quick and easy egg scramble. Simply scramble eggs with your favorite veggies and salsa and wrap them up in a whole grain tortilla.

And here’s a wake-up call: one large egg has 6 grams of high-quality protein and 13 essential nutrients, including lutein and choline, two nutrients important for brain development.
For a delicious and fun lunch, consider a protein-packed Bento Box that your child can assemble.Lunch box

And for a quick and easy dinner, try this Broccoli Cheddar Frittata. Egg dishes like frittatas are a tasty way to get kids to eat more veggies.

Your kids will be “cracking” a smile in no time when they learn how easy it is to cook with eggs — they’ll love the fun, and you’ll love the help in the kitchen!