The Value of an Egg?

Through the efforts of One Egg and employees all over the globe, over 5,000 children are receiving one egg every day. For many of these children, it is the only food that they may receive each day; so is it truly sufficient for a child to only have one egg? Is one egg actually something valuable to a child?

In America, it costs (on average) $1.92 for one carton of medium sized eggs. With some simple math, we can determine that one egg has the value of about $0.16. Not that much, right? We spend more money on a gumball than on an egg! As for the Haitian cost, it's even less; only about $0.08!

And yet while an egg has little monetary value, the nutritional benefits are outstanding. As a registered dietician in the American Egg Board writes, "They (eggs) contain, in varying amounts, almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans as well as several other beneficial food components." Just the yolk of an egg contains protein, vitamins A, B6, D, and E, iron, selenium, zinc, and many more essential nutrients (AEB Egg Yolk Brochure, pages 2-3). Egg yolks also contain choline, a chemical essential for brain development in infants and fetuses. Eggs make up 12% of your daily protein, and are often included in therapeutic diets because they digest easily.

The physical, bodily strength of a child is supplemented by the immense protein found in an egg, but their mental capabilities are expanded as well. School performance and cognitive ability are boosted through the constant intake of eggs.

And all this, from one egg that costs less than a quarter.

While the egg may have little value in the ways of money, the benefits that are contrived from constant consumption mean everything to a growing, active child.

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