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Unknown Nutritional Benefits of Duck Eggs and Meat

Priyanka Menon
Priyanka Menon
Ducks And Geese In The Field

Duck eggs and duck meat make a valuable contribution to human health. Moreover, the people of India have known about their medicinal properties for a long time. Patients with hemorrhoids are cured by using duck eggs. The fatty acids contained in duck eggs and duck meat are unsaturated, so it never raises the harmful cholesterol in the blood. So duck eggs and duck meat should not be excluded from the diet for fear of cholesterol.

Features of eggs

  • The size of duck eggs is greater than that of chicken eggs. They are 10-20 grams heavier than a chicken egg. A duck egg will typically weigh between 65 and 75 grams.

  • Duck eggs have a relatively dull appearance. It is believed that a duck egg contains 70 grams of nourishment in the form of egg whites and yolks.

  • Whites (albumin) account for 60% of the total, yolks 30%, and eggshell 10%. An egg weighing 70 g, excluding eggshells, contains 49.6 g of water.

  • It contains 1.0 grams of starch, 8.97 grams of meat, 9.63 grams of fat, 0.8 grams of minerals, and 130 kcal of energy on average.

  • Minerals found in duck eggs include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Duck eggs also have higher quantities of vitamin A. In a nutshell, duck eggs are the healthiest.

  • This increases the market demand for duck eggs. When compared to chicken eggs, the eggshell is quite thick. 

As a result, it can be handled easily without breaking the egg. The inner fluid of the duck egg is not lost due to the thick shell of the duck egg. There is no entry of atmospheric air. As a result, they can be stored for an extended period of time without being damaged.

Duck Meat

Duck meat is a traditional delicacy of the people of South India. Duck Roast and Duck Stew are the main dishes. Especially Kuttanadan ducks, Kerala's own breed, account for 68% of the weight of edible meat. Duck contains 48.5 percent water, 11.49 percent calcium, 39.34 percent fat, and 0.68 percent potassium. The Indian Council of Medical Research recommends that an average person's diet should contain at least 37 grams of meat a day. But a single person is getting only 18.75 grams of meat on a daily basis.

This means that only half of the required meat is produced here. This gap between demand and production is illustrated by the potential in the duck breeding sector.

Duck rearing

In comparison to the poultry sector, duck rearing in India has not been as extensive or established. Nowadays, hardly one is interested in agricultural fertilizers. I'm curious about organic fertilizers. These are the advantages of duck rearing. Duck dung in the fields is excellent organic manure for paddy farming.

Ducks are also useful in biological pest management in the field. At the same time, duck farming helps to improve soil fertility. Fish stocks contribute to approximately 70% of duck farming. Paddy farming, duck farming, and fish farming are all agricultural operations that are intertwined.

Varieties of Ducks

Breeds such as White Pekin, Aylesbury, and Vigova Super M broilers can be grown profitably in the deep litter method. They have a high level of immunity, and the focus is on commercial selection. The Animal Husbandry Department is undertaking a variety of programs to encourage duck rearing. Duck farming plays a critical part in ensuring food security.

With careful care, duck farming can be done profitably anywhere in India. We can also be involved in food security through duck farming during this Covid period.

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