GIVING babies an egg every day could be the best way to help them thrive, scientists believe.

A daily egg reduced their chances of stunted growth or becoming underweight and made them less likely to eat sugary food.

They also had higher levels of important nutrients, such as vitamin B12 in their blood, compared with those who were not regularly eating eggs.

Dr Lora Iannotti of Washington University divided children of 6 to 9 months into two groups - one of 83 children who were fed an egg a day and another of 80, who had eggs less often. The study, published in Pediatrics, found cases of underweight children fell by 74% in the group given eggs and stunted growth fell by 47%. - Daily Mail