Every second Friday in October is World Egg Day and Nigeria
is one of the seven countries in Africa that celebrate it.
Funtuna eggs, the first to introduce the concept of branded and packaged eggs
to the Nigerian food industry, is the ambassador for the
International Egg Commission (IEC) in Nigeria.
The concept of ‘World Egg Day’ was created by the IEC in order to promote nature’s
The day is seen as an opportunity to ensure that everyone knows that egg is an excellent and affordable source of high quality protein,
with the potential to feed the world.
This day is celebrated in the form of omelet cooking competitions, donation of egg
recipe booklets, boiled egg donation, radio and TV
advertisements and round table discussions.
We are regularly told how important it is to eat a balanced diet; we need
protein and plenty of vitamins and nutrients.
Fruit, vegetables and meat naturally
spring to mind, and when combined can provide all these.
But one food contains
them all – egg.
Egg is an excellent source of high quality protein, rich in
amino acids, calcium, sodium, iodine, selenium, choline and
vitamins A, B, D & E; described by nutritionists, as a large vitamin pill – a mineral cocktail, they contain all the
essential vitamins and minerals required for a
Egg lower the risk of heart disease, the risk of breast cancer and age-related eye
diseases such as cataracts and
macular degeneration, while
at the same time reduce muscle loss and promote
healthy growth and aging.
Egg is packed full of
goodness, from vitamin A, which is needed for the healthy development of the body’s cells, helping to maintain healthy skin and eye
tissue and assisting in night vision, vitamin B , which is
necessary for the formation of red blood cells, important for the immune system to function properly, and helps
protect against heart disease, right through to choline, vital for nerves and muscles to function correctly, and proven
to lower the risk of heart disease, prevent age related
memory loss and reduce the risk of breast cancer by as
much as 40 percent. Egg really is a large vitamin pill, in
100 percent natural package.
Health organisations around the world are actively encouraging people to eat more egg to ensure that they benefit from nature’s natural
recommends that people should eat at least six eggs a week. In Canada, egg carry
the country’s health check mark, and the Irish Heart Foundation has coined the phrase, an egg a day is ok.
Funtuna eggs is a part of the global celebrations that are in place for the 20 anniversary of World Egg Day on October