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Contrary to an age-old belief that eggs are not good for pregnant women, a senior research fellow at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, has said eggs are rather nutritious.

" At the launch of a national egg consumption campaign in Accra on Thursday, Dr. Gloria Folson a nutritionist said, eggs contain amongst many nutrients choline, which is highly required during pregnancy and lactation."

 The development of central nervous system, she explained was heavily dependent on choline, and that its deficiency could affect he development and functioning of the brain’s learning and memory Centre.

The campaign, which would feature social and mainstream media education, is to create awareness on the nutritional value of egg, break myth about egg and increase its consumption.

 It is being facilitated by Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and other partners.

 Dr. Folson, who is also a senior lecturer of the University of Ghana, School of Public Health, dismissed the claim that eating eggs increased blood pressure, saying that they were a source of balanced diet.

 However, she said that some persons might reduce the intake of egg due to its peculiar biological reasons.

 Citing a study done by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, she said the average egg consumption in Ghana had increased from 16 per persons per year in 2009 to 18 per persons per year in 2017.

 She said despite this progress, there was the need for the citizenry to increase their egg consumption so they could get the nutritional value needed for personal growth.

 Kwamina Akorful, Director, Animal Production Directorate of MOFA, said several researches had proven that egg contained the needed proteins to prevent malnutrition and stunted growth

 He said the ministry was considering partnering the Ghana School Feeding Programme Secretariat to introduce one-egg per week into the menu of students to boost egg consumption.

 He said due to the negative perception about eggs, the local industry was collapsing, stating that the reverse would help create more jobs and reduce unemployment

 Napolean Agyemang Oduro, Chairman of GNAPF, lamented the low patronage of eggs, and expressed the hope that the campaign would help resurrect the sector and move the consumption from 30 to 100 per person per year.

 He urged the government to introduce a special policy to encourage the consumption of eggs, saying producers of poultry products were ready to increase production to meet demand.

 President of GJA, Roland Affial Monney urged journalists to use their platforms to disabuse the minds of Ghanaians on the myths on egg consumption.

 

Source Ghanaian Times and Citi FM

 

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