Eggs are an absolute favourite in our house! We eat them every morning for breakfast. They’re a nutritional powerhouse! Plus they’re quite delicious.
There is some fear with mothers surrounding eggs and allergies. And while egg allergies do happen, they are very rare. So unless you’ve already got other children with egg anaphylaxis or other significant allergies, you are good to give them a try. If you’re particularly concerned, start with the yolk. The majority of children react to the protein in the whites.
Why is egg a nutritional powerhouse?
Mostly found in the yolk. The level is dependent on the level the hen eats (which depends on whether they are pasture fed or grain fed).
Required for the production of hormones and brain chemical messengers. Eggs do not raise bad cholesterol.
A fat-soluble vitamin. An antioxidant for the cells.
Contains all of the B vitamins (which we need for energy!).
Very high in choline, needed for structural integrity of all your cells, production of brain chemical messengers, and important for muscle function.
Contains the complete range of amino acids required by the body. Called the ‘complete protein’ because of this. Mostly found in the egg white but also found in the yolk.
Lots of Selenium and Iodine
Minerals that are difficult to get from other foods. So important for thyroid function (which affects the whole body!). The thyroid is particularly important in brain development in babies.
Organic, pasture-raised eggs often have a higher nutrient quality and better ratios of healthy fat.
For your baby, start with scrambled eggs as it is easy to munch on. Otherwise use it in cooking and baking for a small dose of egg. Boiled eggs are an easy portable meal when they are a bit older! Do not start with raw egg.
It is always best to eat both the white and the yolk to receive complete nutritional benefits.