Ms Comfort Kyerewa Acheampong, Coordinator for the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat, says eating eggs, particularly among the aged, has the potential to control cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
She explained that the choline in eggs, among other essential vitamins and minerals, also prevented the risk of strokes as well as controlled the rise in blood sugar significantly, since it fought against craving crazy.
Ms Acheampong at a training for Nutrition Officers and members of the Poultry Farmers Association in the Western Region on the need to highlight the nutritional benefits of eggs said that taking one egg a day was ideal for all ages to improve brain function and smoothen skin whilst fighting malnutrition in children and promoting total wellness.
Children after six months of exclusive breastfeeding could have eggs incorporated into their diets, and pregnant mothers, youth and the aged population should feed on the whole eggs for proper development, she added.
Ms Acheampong, who is also the Secretary to the Ghana Office of the World Poultry Science Association, said the need to choose a healthy lifestyle was critical to nib in the bud emerging disease conditions that continued to increase the healthcare burden.
She said evidence-based research did not prohibit any persons from eating eggs throughout the lifecycle since it had many health benefits such as for the eye, blood, muscles, bone, brain, heart and stomach.
The coordinator called for proper storage and handling of the egg, the need to avoid overcooking, adding, “eggs only take between two to three minutes to cook”.
She also spoke against myths and misconceptions that eggs were only good for administering curses, and not good for pregnant mothers, adding, “no science supports these activities…rather pregnant mothers need more eggs for their development and that of the unborn child”.
The country, she announced, had developed pictorial quality standards for edible eggs in shells to regulate the production of eggs.
The pictorial quality standards, grades eggs from A to C and give information on defects, sizes, weight, labelling and packaging of the chicken eggs.
The quality standards developed together with the Ghana Standards Authority, the Ghana Poultry Project and the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat would ensure a harmonized environment for production and sales to achieve optimum benefits from eggs.