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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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38. Egg them on

Probably one of the most versatile of kitchen ingredients, eggs are a good source of protein and a brilliant stand-by for a quick, healthy breakfast, lunch or supper.

However there are some rules that need to be followed, particularly when offering eggs to very young children.

Because of a very slight risk of salmonella food poisoning, it is recommended that children should not be given eggs until they are at least 6 months old. From 6–9 months you can give hard-cooked egg yolk, but experts advise avoiding egg white altogether at this age. From 9–12 months, you can give well-cooked egg white and well-cooked yolk. Avoid dishes containing raw egg such as mayonnaise and fresh chocolate mousse.

The Food Standards Agency currently ...

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