The American Egg Board highlighted the U.S. egg industry's commitment to sustainable nutrition on World Egg Day, Oct. 12, under the global campaign theme "Protein for Life."
"Protein for Life" refers to the quality of nutrition that eggs provide and the continuous improvement made by egg farmers to reduce the impact of egg production on the environment and resources such as land and water.
"America's egg farmers take their dual responsibilities of providing nutritious food and stewardship of the land extremely seriously," said AEB President and CEO Anne L. Alonzo. "On World Egg Day 2018, we're celebrating 'Protein for Life' with the International Egg Commission by educating people on how eggs are a source of sustainable nutrition that can help fight world hunger."
"The concept of sustainable nutrition remains a focus of the egg industry — both in the U.S. and internationally. Eggs are nutrient-rich, affordable and culturally acceptable with one of the lowest environmental impacts, making them an ideal food source for the growing world population," Alonzo said.
"Studies have shown that providing just one egg a day to children in nutritionally vulnerable populations can dramatically improve health outcomes," said Dr. Mickey Rubin, executive director of the AEB's Egg Nutrition Center, which funds independently conducted nutritional research at major universities.
"As a nutrition source for growing children, the egg is pretty incredible," Rubin said. "One large egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals and 6 grams of high-quality protein at approximately 17 cents per egg, which makes them highly affordable."