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Five science-backed reasons why eggs are an ideal first food for babies

We know eggs are a favourite first food for babies and parents alike! Studies have shown that feeding babies whole eggs early can help prevent an egg allergy. In fact, the most recent guidelines from Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric SocietyDietitians of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada recommend introducing eggs starting at six months.

Read on to discover five science-backed reasons why eggs are an ideal first food for babies.

1. Suitable for infants as early as six month

The infant feeding guidelines from Health Canada recommend six months as an ideal time to begin introducing solid foods. The guidelines confirm infants can start eating whole eggs at the age of 6 months or whenever they begin to eat solid foods.1

2. Reduce the risk of developing an egg allergy

A recent study showed that introducing eggs during infancy and making them a frequent part of a baby’s diet may help lower the risk of developing an egg allergy.2

3. 13 essential nutrients

Eggs are a source of protein, fat, vitamins A, D, E, B12 and choline which makes them a nutritious choice. Choline is especially important in supporting young children’s brain health, particularly for learning and memory.

4. A variety of textures to explore

Eggs provide a variety of taste and textured options ranging from fluffy scrambled eggs, which can be prepared with added breast milk or formula, to mashed hard boiled eggs.

5. A multitude of ways to enjoy

Sometimes, babies may need to try food prepared multiple ways. With so many ways to prepare eggs, babies can be introduced to multiple new recipes they’re sure to enjoy. It can take more than 10 times before a baby might like a new food. 4

As a first food for babies, eggs offer the perfect combination of convenience, versatility and nutritional benefits. Explore our resource for more information on the benefits of incorporating eggs into a baby’s diet.