Healthy Living Eating eggs every day is not harmful - Prof Akosa

According to him, claims that eggs contain bad cholesterol which could be harmful to one’s health are untrue.

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Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a doctor and former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service has urged Ghanaians to eat eggs regularly for healthy living.

According to him, claims that eggs contain bad cholesterol which could be harmful to one’s health are untrue.

“It has been proven through scientific research that cholesterol from egg does not increase cholesterol levels in humans,” he added.

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Prof Akosa said consuming more eggs is very healthy as “eggs are high in protein. An egg is a whole balanced meal with all the nutrients such as protein, fats, vitamins, and antioxidants”.

“The way we can sort out our malnutrition problems is for all of us to ensure that we eat at least one egg a day. If we did that our children will be smarter, our children will be intelligent than all of us have achieved.

“Eggs are good for foetal development, healthy brain development, improved concentration levels and also supports the body’s immune system,” Prof. Akosa added.

Prof Akosa, who is also a campaigner for good nutrition, was speaking at a ceremony to commemorate this year’s World Egg Day in Accra on the theme: “For good health, think egg”.

He expressed worry about the low egg consumption in Ghana, saying “data shows that about 12 to 20 eggs are consumed per person in Ghana per annum, and this is not helping the industry”.

He said unlike Ghana, countries like the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) consumed 300 and 200 eggs respectively at the end of the year.

“That is why their life expectancy is higher. They live long because they eat more eggs unlike us,” Prof. Akosa added.

On the retail pricing of eggs, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa called on poultry farmers to institute a recommended retail price for eggs to make it affordable to consumers.



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