By Adediwura Aderibigbe
Every second Friday in October is World Egg Day and Nigeria is one of the seven countries in Africa that celebrate it. Funtuna eggs, the first to introduce the concept of branded and packaged eggs to the Nigerian food industry, is the ambassador for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in Nigeria.
The concept of ‘World Egg Day’ was created by the IEC in order to promote nature’s vitamin pill. The day is seen as an opportunity to make sure that everyone knows that eggs are an excellent and affordable source of high quality protein, with the potential to feed the world.
This day is celebrated in the form of omelet cooking competitions, donation of egg recipe booklets, boiled egg donation, radio and T.V advertisements, round table discussions etc.
We are regularly told how important it is to eat a balanced diet; we need protein and plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Fruit, vegetables and meat naturally spring to mind, and combined can provide all these, but one food contains them all – eggs.
Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein, rich in amino acids, calcium, sodium, iodine, selenium, choline and vitamins A, B, D & E; described by nutritionists, as a large vitamin pill – a mineral cocktail, they contain all the essential vitamins and minerals required for a healthy diet.
Eggs lower the risk of heart disease; the risk of breast cancer and age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, while at the same time reduce muscle loss and promote healthy growth and aging.
Eggs are packed full of goodness; from vitamin A, which is needed for the healthy development of the body’s cells, helping to maintain healthy skin and eye tissue and assisting in night vision, vitamin B12, which isnecessary for the formation of red blood cells, important for the immune system to function properly, and helps protect against heart disease, right through to choline, vital for nerves and muscles to function correctly, and proven to lower the risk of heart disease, prevent age related memory loss and reduce the risk of breast cancer by as much as 40%. Eggs really are a large vitamin pill, in 100% natural packaging.
Health organisations around the world are actively encouraging people to eat more eggs to ensure that they benefit from nature’s natural vitamin pill. The Australian Heart Foundation recommends that people eat six eggs a week. In Canada eggs carry the country’s health check mark, and the Irish Heart Foundation has coined the phrase, an egg a day is ok.
Funtuna eggs is a part of the global celebrations that are in place for the 20th anniversary of World Egg Day on the 9th of October 2015.
Adediwura, a multimedia Journalist wrote from Lagos