Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Daily consumption of eggs reduces breast cancer - Research

The daily con­sumption of eggs can help prevent breast cancer as women who consume at least, six eggs per week, re­duce their risks of breast cancer by 44 percent according to scien­tific research.

The Director-Gener­al, Poultry Association of Nigeria, PAN, Onallo Akpa disclosed this at a world press briefing in commemoration of the 2017 World Egg Day (WED) celebration which was marked on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, “Egg plays an impor­tant role in feeding peo­ple around the world as they are an excellent, af­fordable source of high protein. The nutrients and energy dimensions of egg contributes to a high source of proteins and vitamins

“Egg contains very important nutrients such as selenium, vita­mins A and E, Folate, riboflavin, choline and lutein.

Daily consumption of eggs reduces breast cancer - Research

Akpa buttressed the economic importance of the poultry industry in Nigeria pointing out that the poultry indus­try has been consis­tently contributing over 25 per cent to the agri­cultural gross domestic product AGDP, of the nation’s economy”.

He said: “In the spirit of the celebration, the association shall be do­nating eggs to schools, orphanage homes as well as embark on visits to motor parks to sen­sitise Nigerians on the importance of eggs to man and the society.

The PAN DG ad­vised the Federal Gov­ernment to direct the ministry of education on the need to ensure school children ben­efitting from the fed­eral government school feeding programme are fed with one egg per day.

On her part, a nutri­tionist, Sarah Abagail, who heads the Depart­ment of Dietetics, Na­tional Hospital Abuja, decried the high preva­lence of malnutrition in children.

According to her, “It has now been estab­lished that malnutri­tion, especially chronic malnutrition which is referred to as stunting, starts from pregnancy when a woman is mal­nourished and she is pregnant.

“And we now have a situation whereby, the woman carry’s the pregnancy in malnu­trition in a malnour­ished state, give birth to a child and the child doesn’t get nourish­ing food after the six months of exclusive breastfeeding. So, stunting sets in.

“Stunting is a very de­structive phenomenon, because it affects brain development, it harper academic achievement and performance, it causes low resistance to infections and it in­creases mortality rate,” she said.

Reeling put the wor­risome statistics, Aba­gail disclosed that “by January this year, over 11 million children in Nigeria are stunted.

She attributed the worrisome situation to the economy as well as the low purchasing power of Nigerians to access the high protein sources.

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