Quail eggs are little eggs around the size of a grape tomato. They have a grey shell with speckles of black and brown, and as their name implies, they are laid by birds called quails. Quail is a small, short-tailed old world game bird resembling a small partridge, typically having brown camouflaged plumage. The males have a distinct voice and appearance while the females bear similar appearance, but of lighter shades. Quail eggs are packed with nutrients that make them a delicious and healthy option for your daily or weekly diet. Regular consumption can help fight against many diseases. They naturally fight against digestive tract disorders, strengthen the immune system, promote memory health, increase brain activity, have carcinogenic elements that prohibit the growth of various types of cancer and stabilize the nervous system. They help with anemia by increasing the level of hemoglobin in the body while removing toxins and heavy metals that could be in the body. This benefit is why it is also recommended for pregnant women since they are at high risk of becoming anemic. Quails eggs are richer in vitamins and minerals compared to chicken eggs. They contain 13% protein and 140% of vitamin B1, while chicken eggs contain 11% of protein and 50% of vitamin B1. Their nutritional value is three to four times greater than chicken eggs, and experts say quail eggs found in the bush are more nutritious than the ones layed at home.
You can enjoy your quail eggs boiled, scrambled, pouched or however you like them, although it is said they are best eaten raw. You can eat them raw without fear of contracting salmonellosis (food poisoning cause by eating under cooked food). Refrigerated quail eggs can last up to 5 to 6 weeks when there is no temperature drop due to power failure, but it is advised you use up your eggs within a month, before the maximum storage limit.
If children eat at least two quail eggs every day, they become healthier and stronger and are less likely to suffer from common infectious diseases. Adults can eat 3 to 5 eggs daily. There is a moderate amount of saturated fat in these eggs, so any consumption should be made in moderation and any major alterations to your diet should be approved by a trained medical professional.
Other benefits of quail eggs;
Reduces terminal illness: Low potassium leads to increased chances of suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer and digestive disorders among other myriads of ailments. If you are deficient of potassium, you can eat quail eggs, or if not locally available, you can obtain supplements in form of capsule.
Good for people allergic to chicken eggs: Chicken eggs are said to contain allergen which cause allergy. Some people eat chicken eggs and immediately start scratching themselves, vomiting or feeling nauseated. This is different with quail eggs, they are not only allergy free, they help to fight allergy in your body. So if you don’t eat chicken eggs, good news is you can try quail eggs.
Balance cholesterol: There is a good amount of beneficial fatty acids found in quail eggs that many people enjoy due to their heart-boosting effects. HDL cholesterol is the good form of cholesterol that our body needs to offset the negative effects of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), and HDL makes up more than 60% of the fat in quail eggs. However, for people with pre-existing cholesterol problems, adding large quantities of these eggs to your diet might not be the best choice, as there is roughly 1.6 grams of saturated fat in each serving.
Beauty and hair care: Because of their ability to improve skin colour and strengthen hair growth, the shell of quail eggs can be dried and ground into powder and mixed with your hair cream for better hair growth and treatment. They can be used in facial treatment by mixing the egg white of quail eggs with powder milk to form a mask; rob the mixture on your face and wait 20 to 30 minutes before bath, repeat the process morning and night. Quail eggs can also be used for other beauty products.
The health benefits of quail eggs cannot be quantified. So, why not reduce, or better still, stop the consumption of chicken eggs and start consuming more of quail eggs? I’m absolutely sure your health will thank you for that choice you made.
By: Mercy Kukah