The Role of Egg on World Food Day

The world food day was initiated by the Food Agriculture Organization (food and agriculture organization) of the United Nations (UN). It is celebrated every October 16 to raise awareness of the problem of malnutrition due to poverty and hunger.

The period of the COVID-19 virus pandemic as it is now is one of the triggers for malnutrition due to shaking the economy in each country. Meanwhile, the community is required to adopt pattern and healthy lifestyle.

Besides being supported by exercise, sunbathing, and often washing hands, it is important to consume nutritious foods and drinks. So, it can strengthen the body’s immunity to fight, expel, and destroy foreign objects that enter our body such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.

According to the Lecturer of Animal Product Technology, Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Universitas Brawijaya (Fapet UB), Dr. Ir. Manik Eirry Sawitri, MS, food from animal sources such as milk, fish, meat, and eggs can be used to increase immunity. This is because animal food sources contain high protein and produce bioactive components known as Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which is fatty acids contain conjugated double bonds with natural food criteria, which can be consumed as daily food and provide positive role for health.

Eggs contain water, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and various vitamins and minerals, which function to synergize the body. Fat in the yolk (yolk) is called High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), which is a good fatty acid containing OMEGA 3, OMEGA 6, and OMEGA 9 which can improve immune response.

While eggs contain vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin E, folate, and selenium.

“If we consume two eggs per day, we can meet the needs of 14% vitamin A, 82% vitamin D, 15% vitamin B12, 20% vitamin E, 49% folic acid, and 41% selenium, which are calculated based on the need for vitamins per day, “said Riri.

She added that in the family limited economy as current situation, eggs are a priority alternative for the right choice. Because the price is affordable compared to other food sources of animal protein.

Livestock products, which have a commemoration day on October 9 each year, are recommended to be regularly consumed by people of productive age, toddlers in their growth, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers. But for the elderly, a maximum of three eggs a week considering the effects that can cause cholesterol. (dta / Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)