How Eggs are Beneficial to your Child?

Though there are no formal recommendations for children, but similar to adults, it is advised that children limit their intake of cholesterol to 300 mg each day. Since an egg contains about 213 mg of cholesterol, eating eggs too often can cause your child to have a diet that is high in cholesterol.

* Eggs can be a healthy part of your child's diet though and shouldn't be avoided altogether. In addition to being high in cholesterol, eggs also have a lot of benefits, including being high in protein, iron, minerals and B vitamins.

* Instead of worrying about how many eggs your child eats, it is more important to look at and plan his overall diet by trying to follow the food guide pyramid. In the food pyramid, eggs are a part of the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans and nuts food group.

* Younger children, aged 2-6, should get two servings from this food group each day, while older children can have 2-3 servings.

* In addition to recommended daily servings from the meat food group, it is important to look at how much cholesterol your child is getting from other foods. If he already has a diet that is high in cholesterol, with large amounts of whole milk, cheese, yogurt, processed meats or icecream, then eating eggs on a regular basis is probably not a good idea. If his diet is low in cholesterol and saturated fats and he eats a lot of foods with fibre, then eating eggs on a daily basis is okay.

* It is also important to keep in mind that the general recommendations for eating 3-4 eggs per week include eggs that are eaten as an ingredient of other foods, such as cakes.