Eggs have always been a nutritional powerhouse, and now a recent scientific report released by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has affirmed that eggs play a crucial role in infant development, prenatal health and overall health at any age.
The top nutrition experts in the US recommend eggs as a fundamental first food for babies because eggs are one of the most concentrated sources of choline, a nutrient that is crucial for brain health and development.
Additionally, the scientific report advised that early introduction of eggs, when a baby is developmentally ready for solid foods, around 4-6 months of age, may also help reduce the risk of developing an egg allergy.
Choline has been identified as a key nutrient necessary for brain development by the American Academy of Pediatrics, but research shows that 92% of pregnant women do not get enough choline and most are not aware it is essential for infant brain development. New and emerging evidence also suggests adequate choline intake during pregnancy, and possibly lactation, may have lasting brain health benefits that extend into school-age years.
As a versatile ingredient, eggs offer the opportunity to feed babies and toddlers foods in different textures and forms that can help develop dexterity and hand-eye coordination, as well as skills to learn how to chew and swallow.