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eggs and kids - how many is too many?

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oxocube Sun 27-Jul-08 20:54:59

ds2 (almost 7) probably eats about 5-6 a week. Is this okay? Eats loads of other stuff too, incl veg and loads of fruit, but his favourite food is eggs in all their forms smile

Any guidelines?

MrsTiddles Mon 28-Jul-08 13:09:05

I don't know the guidelines for children but I believe its up to 3 eggs per week for an adult. And that would include eggs cooked into cakes, etc.

I do think that there must be some flexibility for children, and if he's particularly fond of them he may well need the nutrients they provide.

But I expect someone with links to world health organisations may be along soon.

shinyshoes Mon 28-Jul-08 13:49:10

I think its 3 also. Something to do with the eggs being high in cholesteral.

I didnt realise it included eggs cooked into cakes etc, we have 3 in the yorkshire puddding mix. I will have to watch that.

WelliesAndPyjamas Mon 28-Jul-08 13:52:39

There's no limit on eggs for healthy adults and kids. The 3 eggs a week rule is for people with cholesterol problems.

solo Mon 28-Jul-08 13:53:45

Eggs have good cholesteral though.

AnAngelWithin Mon 28-Jul-08 13:56:15

oops. well we get through about 25-30 eggs a week in this house!!! blush

Seona1973 Mon 28-Jul-08 13:56:41

there is no limit for anyone and if you were watching your cholesterol you would cut your saturated fat first of all.

from food standards agency:

the cholesterol we get from our food - and this includes eggs - has less effect on the amount of cholesterol in our blood than the amount of saturated fat we eat. So, if you are eating a balanced diet you only need to cut down on eggs if you have been told to do so by your GP or dietitian. If your GP has told you to watch your cholesterol levels, your priority should be cutting down on saturated fats.

There is no recommended limit on how many eggs people should eat. Eggs are a good choice as part of a healthy balanced diet. But remember that it's a good idea to eat as varied a diet as possible. This means we should be trying to eat a variety of foods each week to get the wide range of nutrients we need.

Eggs are a good source of:

vitamin D
vitamin A
vitamin B2

solo Mon 28-Jul-08 13:56:44

When I'm detoxing(fat flush style)I eat at least 2 eggs a day. Dd(19months)has maybe 4 eggs a week, but more if you include cakes/yorkshire puds etc. Ds maybe the same.

ThatBigGermanPrison Mon 28-Jul-08 13:57:12

I'd say he's eating a healthy amount, any more and he might get constipated.

ghosty Mon 28-Jul-08 14:02:20

It also depends on how you cook them - so 5 - 6 fried egg sandwiches a week would be bad but if you are boiling them or poaching them or the odd omelette then that's not too bad.
DS eats 4 week (2 on a Saturday and 2 on a Sunday smile)

solo Mon 28-Jul-08 14:11:54

Scrambled egg is my rescuer when I run out of all else. Mind you, Dd threw it all back up the other night...all down my bare back...ugh!

oxocube Mon 28-Jul-08 17:22:44

Favourite is scrambled, so with a bit of added butter and milk, but also loves egg and soldiers, eggy bread, etc. Never seems to be constipated but eats loads of fruit so maybe that's why. Thanks all - the sites I was looking at were obviously geared towards people with higher cholesterol

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