Today is observed as World Egg Day, and while it may not be the most exciting event to the wider public, eggs are important to one’s diet. The Manager of the Belize Poultry Association, Armando Cowo, stated that while many Belizean dishes include eggs, they are encouraging the public to eat more eggs, as there are many health benefits. To celebrate this year’s World Egg Day, and to raise awareness, the Poultry Association is holding a small event to win a dozen eggs. Cowo explained more.
Armando Cowo, Manager, Belize Poultry Association: “We have one of the best per capita averages in the region. We are basically last year our Belizean consumers consumed 179 eggs per person per capita that’s the per capita consumption. So it’s fairly good but in neighboring Mexico people consume 367 eggs per capita consumption it’s twice of what we have and compared to some small islands in the Caribbean like Antigua and Barbuda, St.Lucia, Grenada and so on they’re in the twenties like you find them eating 22,28 and we have in Belize we have certain areas where that consumption needs to go up because although there is that per capita consumption there are some areas of the country that don’t eat that much. For example in our rural areas people are eating more local eggs but they’re not still not eating at the level that we believe that they should be eating. What we’re doing this year is to open up the minds of people towards eggs a little bit more. What we’re doing is we’re having a virtual awareness where people need to take a photo of a child eating eggs and post it on our Facebook page and give us a like and that will make you qualify for one dozen eggs. Eggs contain a lot of proteins, egg contains 6% of proteins and they also include other nutrients. They basically have fourteen essential nutrients plus vitamins so the egg is well packaged, we can say it’s mother nature’s best packaged health food. So it’s one of the most nutritious foods I think for people to have.”
The first sixty people to compete will win a dozen eggs. They can be collected at any Caribbean Chicken or Quality Poultry retail stores.