Thursday, 28 October, 2021
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Regular egg intake for keeping sound health stressed

Regular egg intake is very much important for maintaining sound health as it's a balanced food to all irrespective of age, male, female and season. 

Apart from this, eggs have been a great source of protein to humankind and its origin dates back to 7500 BC when it was consumed by man first. 

Veterinary and animal scientists and researchers came up with the observation while addressing a discussion on the issue to raise awareness about the benefits of eggs and bring about the need to keep the egg business secured.

Bangladesh Poultry Industries Coordination Council (BPICC) and Veterinary and Animal Sciences Faculty of Rajshahi University (RU) jointly organized the discussion at RU Deans' Complex today in observance of the World Egg Day 2021. 

The meeting was told that the theme for this year's event is "Eggs for all: Nature's Perfect Package". As the theme rightly suggests, eggs truly are nature's perfect package. From babies to adults, eggs have been a source of nutrition for all. It's a staple food that has managed to feed millions for ages. 

This year's theme is highlighting the importance of including an egg in our daily diet. Be it for building muscles or providing that first solid food to a six-month-old, eggs are an essential source of nutrients in our bodies. 

RU Pro-vice-chancellor Professor Chowdhury Jakaria addressed the meeting as the chief guest, while Professor Jalal Uddin Sarder of the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (DVAS) in RU was in the chair. Professor Syed Sarwar Jahan and Dr Hemayetul Islam also spoke. 

Associate Professor Shariful Islam of the DVAS illustrated the significance of the day and consumption of egg during his keynote presentation. 

He said eggs are relatively low in calories and saturated fat and rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients.

"Most of the cholesterol that circulates in our bodies is not from cholesterol in foods, but rather from our liver making cholesterol in response to high intake of saturated and trans fat," he added.

Dr Islam said the perception that regular egg consumption leads to heart diseases has been proved incorrect, and suggested regular intake of egg, especially by pregnant women and growing children.

He said reasons behind low intake are economic status, low production and misconception.

Professor Jalal Uddin Sarder told the meeting that consumption of egg has no significant link with heart diseases, said livestock scientist and nutritionist. 

Protein is an important constituent of food which is necessary for strengthening and building of muscles and tissues and development of the brain.

He said the existing problems in the poultry sector should be addressed to make poultry farming more profitable and lucrative.  

Jalal Sarder also opined that not only are they a great source of protein but they also provide us with essential vitamins like D, B6, B12, and also minerals like zinc, copper, and the power source iron. Especially the yolk supports us with vitamins like A, D, E, and K. It is also rich in lecithin.