MP Chief Minister Receives ‘Pragatisheel’ Award for Keeping Eggs Out of Kids’ Meals

For Immediate Release:
4 June 2015

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PETA Recognises Kind and Healthy Decision to Ensure That Anganwadi Meals Are Egg-Free

Bhopal – Thanks to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, anganwadi meals will continue to be served in the state without cruel and cholesterol-laden eggs – a compassionate and healthy choice that’s earned the Chief Minister a Pragatisheel Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. The award states that it is being given “for taking a progressive stand on anganwadi mid-day meals by keeping them egg-free” and that the Chief Minister’s and “compassion for animals and concern for public health will serve as an inspiration for others”.

“Egg consumption condemns chickens to a lifetime of miserable confinement while also putting human health at risk”, explains PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “PETA encourages compassionate and health-conscious people everywhere to follow the Chief Minister’s example by taking eggs off the menu.”

People who consume the most eggs have a 19 per cent increased risk of developing cardiovascular problems, according to a 2010 study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Similarly, those who consumed the most eggs also increased their risk of developing diabetes by 68 per cent as per a review of 14 studies published in the journal Atherosclerosis. Compared with those who consume less than 11 eggs per year, people who consume just 1.5 eggs per week have nearly five times the risk of developing colon cancer, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer. And as published in Cancer Prevention Research, one study showed that by consuming 2.5 eggs per week, men increased their risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer by 81 per cent, compared with men who consumed less than half an egg per week. Eggs are also the perfect host for salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning.

An egg has only 6 grams of protein, as admitted by the American Egg Board. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a half cup of tofu contains 19.9 grams of protein, 1 cup of boiled lentils contains 17.9 grams, 1 cup of boiled black beans contains 15.2 grams and 1 cup of boiled chickpeas contains 14.5 grams.

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – in the video exposé “Glass Walls“, most chickens used for eggs spend their entire lives confined to a space that’s smaller than an iPad screen, and parts of their beaks are cut off with a hot blade to prevent them from pecking each other in frustration.

Mid-day meals in the state include a nutrient- and protein-rich mix of vegetables, including, potatoes and greens, as well as lentils, chickpeas and soya.

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