Thais eat an average of 223 eggs per year. The Department of Health aims to increase the consumption rate to 300 eggs per year.
Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai Director General of the Department of Health Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Revealed on October 18, 2021, part one said that eggs contain many nutrients and benefits for all ages. And it’s cheaper when compared to other types of protein. One egg weighs about 50 grams on average, providing 80 kcal of energy and 7 grams of protein, so it’s considered a good source of protein. because it contains all the essential amino acids And nutrients in chicken eggs help to grow, nourish the brain, enhance memory, nourish eyesight, build immunity. and increase the efficiency of learning for children and youth very well
However, according to the Livestock Economic Research Group, Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, it was found that in 2020, the average Thai egg consumption rate was only 223 eggs per person per year. This is lower than other countries such as China, where consumption is 399 eggs per person per year, Japan 345 per person per year and Malaysia 314 per person per year.
Dr. Suwanchai said to promote the consumption of chicken eggs and develop proper nutrition. in each age Therefore, the Department of Health has implemented a campaign for the consumption of chicken eggs during school age. Through close cooperation between 7 main departments, namely, agencies under the supervision of all educational institutions, Department of Local Administration, Department of Health, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce. Department of Internal Trade, Department of Livestock Development and Working Group on 300 Egg Consumption Campaign
“We want to increase the consumption rate. Thai chicken eggs as a whole according to the 2023 target of 300 eggs per person per year,” said Dr. Suwanchai.
For the proper consumption of eggs at each age. For infants from 6 months of age, start with 1/2 to 1 boiled egg yolk mixed with mashed rice. At first, a small amount should be given and gradually increase. For children 7-12 months old, eat half a boiled egg or 1 egg and preschool age group 1 – 5 years, school age children, pregnant women and lactating women working age group and healthy elderly An average of 1 egg can be eaten per day.
In those with high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood lipids Should not eat more than 3 eggs per week. or eat according to the advice of a doctor Patients with other diseases can eat 1 egg per day or as ordered by the doctor. by taking care of the consumption of other foods as well Avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, such as pork, lean beef, bacon, chicken skin, cream, butter, and cheese, and most importantly, eat a variety of foods.