Visakhapatnam: The constant goading by experts and nutritionists of having an egg every day, notwithstanding, the fact is that its consumption in Andhra Pradesh is very poor.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended consumption of 180 eggs per year. However, consumption of egg in various cities in Andhra Pradesh is only 90 to 95 per year while in rural areas in the State it is around 50 to 60.
National Egg Co-ordination Committee (NECC) members said that many researchers say that animals have protein that is easily digestible and can reduce stunting in young children.
Compared to meat and fish, egg is cheaper and contains many nutrients that are vital for all-round physical growth. But, ironically, most people, including children, are skipping egg in their daily menu, said Chairman of NECC, Vizag Zone, T Uday Bhaskar.
The consumption of egg is slowly increasing in urban areas (Vizag, Vijayawada and Kurnool) where as in rural pockets it remains less patronised.
“Influenced by myths, many consider that egg is similar to meat and avoid consumption of the eggs on a regular basis. It is something that is classified in the vegetarian category”, points out Uday Bhaskar.
PS Rao of NECC, Andhra Pradesh region, said that on average, around 2.75 crore eggs are consumed every day in Andhra Pradesh. After bifurcation, the State has slipped to second place in production of eggs with 4.6 crore eggs every day.
Tamil Nadu with a daily production of 5.1 crore tops the charts while Telangana State with 3.6 crore is in third position.
It has been scientifically proven, and medically advised, that naturally saturated fats found in eggs are very good for health. The AP government has been promoting the consumption of the eggs among children by including it in the mid-day-meal scheme. But, private schools leave a lot to be desired on this front, laments Anil Kumar B, an activist.