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This study was a randomized, controlled trial in Ecuador and also found those the children given eggs were 74% less likely to be underweight. Interestingly, the children that ate the eggs were less likely to eat refined sugars compared to the children in the control group not given eggs. In fact, the prevalence of reported consumption of sugary foods, such as chocolate, sweets, candies, pastries, cakes, or cookies, was 29% lower when compared with the control group, perhaps due to increased satiety hormones.
Growth stunting is a problem for children in developing countries. This study suggests that eggs may be a viable option to reduce the risk of stunting growth in children.