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At first sight, quail eggs look like something that you wouldn't touch with a barge pole. These eggs are also suspiciously mottled with brown spots on the shells that give them a rather sinister appearance. They are shaped like regular chicken eggs but are only one-fifth its size and as the name suggests, these eggs are laid by the quail, a little grey-brown game bird. Quail eggs have been consumed in many parts of the world like Japan, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela as a delicacy. Quail eggs have also been used to cure many ailments. In the recent years, these eggs have found its way into the culinary space, leaving us wondering about its taste and nutritional benefits.
Quail eggs taste a lot like chicken eggs as far as taste is concerned, but they have more of yolk than white. And nutritionally, quail eggs can give chicken eggs a run for their money. Don't be fooled by the mottled shell; they look exactly like miniature chicken eggs when they are peeled and boiled. So if you think it is too weird to eat these tiny, mottled eggs, here are five health reasons that will change your mind.
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Good for your eyes
These cute little eggs are teeming with vitamin A, an important nutrient that improves vision. Vitamin A is known for its antioxidant properties that protect eyes from any kind of damage. 1
Great for brain functions
Since there is so much vitamin A in quail eggs, it also helps modulate neurogenesis, nerve health and synaptic plasticity of the brain. It also helps improve cognitive functions in adults.2
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There have been endless debates on whether eggs cause high cholesterol or not. Quail eggs, on the contrary, are known to have rich fatty acid content which is good for heart health. 3
Has lots of proteins
Proteins are the building blocks of life and quail eggs are a rich source of the nutrient. Adding quail eggs to your diet will ensure you get your daily protein boost. 4
Protects the liver
Quail eggs have hepatoprotective properties, meaning they are good for liver health. These eggs have been known to protect the liver from damage by stabilising the levels of liver transaminases ALP, ALT and TP and reducing the degeneration of liver tissues. 5
Lowers blood sugar and protects kidneys
One of the biggest risks of diabetes is the danger of a possible kidney failure. Diabetics should reduce this risks by including quail eggs in their diet. Regular consumption of these eggs can reduce blood sugar and reduce the risk of renal failure in patients suffering from diabetes.<sup>6</sup>
1.Dvorska, J. E., Surai, P. F., Speake, B. K., & Sparks, N. H. (2003). Protective effect of modified glucomannans against aurofusarin-induced changes in quail egg and embryo. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology, 135(3), 337-343.
2.Olson, C. R., & Mello, C. V. (2010). Significance of vitamin A to brain function, behavior and learning. Molecular nutrition & food research, 54(4), 489-495.
3.Bragagnolo, N., & Rodriguez-Amaya, D. B. (2003). Comparison of the cholesterol content of Brazilian chicken and quail eggs. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 16(2), 147-153.
4.Prager, E. M., Arnheim, N., Mross, G. A., & Wilson, A. C. (1972). Amino acid sequence studies on bobwhite quail egg white lysozyme. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 247(9), 2905-2916.
5.Umar, D. S., Muhammad, B., Zubairu, W. I., & Faruk, M. U. (2015). Hepatoprotective effect of Quail egg against carbon tetra chloride (CCl 4) induced hepatic damage in albino rats. Pharmacognosy Journal, 7(2).
6.Adewoye, E. O., Adekeye, T. E., & Ige, A. O. (2015). Effects of quail egg on kidney functions in alloxan induced diabetic Wistar rats. African journal of medicine and medical sciences, 44(4), 355-360.
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