One of the things I learned quickly with number one, was how difficult life was prior to his ability to communicate, and how much simpler it became as he acquired language. Also, hilarious.
Enter the vibrant (albeit slimy) egg yolk.
Sally Fallon of the Weston A Price Foundation (brilliant, lengthy article to be found here) states that “parents who institute the practice of feeding egg yolk to baby will be rewarded with children who speak and take directions at an early age”. Reason enough to try, no? This isn’t like willing your tiny one to walk and then regretting even having the thought the second he takes off down the hall cackling. This is talking we’re *ahem* talking about! Way less screaming, guessing, and wild gesticulations plus infinitely more cuteness and laughter (Stud Muff generally refers to me as “honey,” guess who else does too?)
Unfortunately, before we all skip merrily into the kitchen to whip up a Greek omelet, there is one caveat to the magic. Said egg yolk needs to be raw, or nearly so.
Why Raw Egg Yolks > Cooked Egg Yolks
- Heat destroys the enzymes that help our bodies assimilate the nutrients in eggs
- Heat also alters and reduces those nutrients
Raw egg yolks are also less likely to result in an allergic reaction, making them a great choice for many people. (Egg whites tend to be more allergenic and are best left until the wee one is over a year old – though this is being increasingly left to the discretion of parents if there is no prior history of egg allergy in the family). Therefore – while cooked eggs are nothing to snuff at nutritionally, raw eggs yolks pack a serious health punch that is also gentler on the digestive system and more available to our bodies.
Health benefits of raw egg yokes for babies and their brains:
FAT – Pastured hens (generally organic, or at least raised on flax or insects) – lay eggs with far more omega-3 long-chain fatty acids than their conventionally raised (caged) counterparts. These fatty acids are also found in breast milk because they are essential for the developing brain.
CHOLESTEROL – Perhaps a scary word at first glance – cholesterol is another wildly important component of optimal brain development (is also another key player in mom’s milk)
VITAMINS A, D, E and K – Which happen to all be fat-soluble (they require dietary fat in order to be absorbed by the body). These vitamins are key in bone growth, immunity and skin development of little ones. Fatty acids in the egg yolk itself make them readily available to their bodies.
Additional vitamins and minerals found in the humble yellow goop:
B6 – involved in making neurotransmitters needed for brain development
B12 – involved in the maintenance of nerves, blood cell and DNA
Zinc, copper, choline, B12, thiamin, riboflavin, selenium, folate
All of these benefits – one food – that is easy for their immature digestive system to handle.
How to sneak em’ in:
- A quick over-easy in the frying pan
- Whisk it into blended smoothies (at the end)
- Mash up with banana or avocado
- Put egg into boiling water for about 3 minutes, cool and then cut open and allow yolk to run into a bowl (season with a little salt, pepper and turmeric for even more nutrition and taste!)
You are what you eat as they say 🙂 What we feed our kids is what their bodies will be made of, and I have every intention of training my babies’ palates to enjoy the things that will nourish them and keep them healthy. “Let food be thy medicine”