Feed your baby this food if you want to raise a genius

Behold, the incredible, edible egg.

The egg white is a cholesterol-free source of animal protein, and the yolk is our most concentrated dietary source of choline, an uber-important nutrient that assists in brain development, helps you maintain focus, and improves memory. (Here are some other facts about choline your doctors want you to know.) When eggs are also supplemented with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (an omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a structural component of the brain), they’re virtually unparalleled as a brain-superfood. (Here are more great brain foods to try.)

RELATED: Most popular baby names of 2017:

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10. Amelia
10. Logan
9. Zoe
9. Elijah 
8. Riley
8. Mason
7. Aria
7. Grayson
6. Mia
6. Caden
5. Isabella
5. Lucas
4. Ava
4. Aiden
3. Emma
3. Noah 
2. Olivia
2. Liam
1. Sophia
1. Jackson
You can view the full list of Baby Center's most popular names here

Due to allergy concerns, however, parents in this country are customarily advised to wait a full year before introducing their babies to eggs. That may soon change, thanks to a brand-new study out of Washington University in St. Louis, which showed that feeding eggs to babies as early as six months results in higher concentrations of brain-enhancing choline and DHA. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, used data from another study by the same group of scientists that was published earlier in the year, which found that introducing eggs to babies at six months significantly improves growth in young children.

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Banned baby names around the world

France won't allow a name if the courts agree it will lead to a lifetime of mockery

In France, local birth certificate registrars must inform their local court if they feel a baby name goes against the child's best interests.

The court can then ban the name if it agrees, and will do so especially if it feels the name could lead to a lifetime of mockery.

Baby names banned in France 




Prince William 

Mini Cooper

Germany has a number of strict baby-naming rules

Germany has a number of baby-naming restrictions, including: no gender-neutral names; no last names, names of objects, or names of products as first names; and no names that could negatively affect the child's well-being or lead to humiliation.

Baby names banned in Germany


Osama Bin Laden

Adolf Hitler



Switzerland has a list of strict rules, too

Like Germany, Switzerland also has a number of baby-naming restrictions, and the Swiss civil registrar must approve all baby names.

In general, if the name is deemed to harm the child's well-being or be offensive to a third party, it will not be approved. Other rules include no giving a boy a girl's name or a girl a boy's name, no biblical villains, no naming your child a brand name, no place names, and no last names as first names.

Baby names banned in Switzerland






In Iceland, baby names must align with the linguistic structure and conventional spelling system of Iceland

Unless both parents are foreign, parents in Iceland must submit their child's name to the National Registry within six months of birth. If the name is not on the registry's list of approved names, parents must seek approval of the name with the Icelandic Naming Committee.

About half of the names submitted get rejected for violating Iceland's strict naming requirements. Among these requirements, names must be capable of having Icelandic grammatical endings, may not conflict with the linguistic structure of Iceland, and should be written in accordance with the ordinary rules of Icelandic orthography.

So, for example, if a name contains a letter that does not appear in the Icelandic alphabet (the letters C, Q, and W, for example), the names are banned.

Baby names banned in Iceland






Denmark only allows names from a pre-approved list

Denmark has a list of about 7,000 approved baby names, and if your name choice doesn't make the cut, you have to seek permission and have your name choice reviewed at Copenhagen University's Names Investigation Department and at the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.

More than 1,000 names are reviewed every year, and almost 20% are rejected, mostly for odd spellings.

Baby names banned in Denmark






In most cases, Norway won't allow you to use a last name as a first name 

Norway has loosened its baby-naming lawsin recent years, but it has kept two key provisions.

The name won't be accepted if it is considered to be a major disadvantage for the person or for other strong reasons.

And you cannot choose a first name that is already registered in Norway's Population Register as a last or middle name (in Norway, middle names are essentially second surnames). The exception is if the name has origins or tradition as a first name in Norway or abroad or has tradition in a culture that does not distinguish between first and last name. So naming your baby one of the most popular last names in Norway, like Hansen or Haugen, would not be allowed.

Baby names banned in Norway






Sweden bans names it considers 'obviously unsuitable' as a first name or offensive

Sweden bans first names that could cause offense to others or discomfort for the one using it.

It bans other names that would be considered obviously unsuitable as a first name.

Parents must submit the proposed name of their child within three months of birth to the Swedish Tax Agency and could face fines for failing to register a name.

Baby names banned in Sweden






Malaysia considers names that are animals, insults, numbers, royal or honorary names, and food 'undesirable'

Malaysia has a list of names it considers "undesirable" and that are subsequently banned.

On the list of unacceptable names are animals, insults, numbers, royal or honorary names, and food.

Baby names banned in Malaysia

Chinese Ah Chwar (Snake)

Woti (Sexual intercourse)

Khiow Khoo (Hunchbake)

Chow Tow (Smelly Head)

Sor Chai (Insane)

One part of Mexico has a list of explicitly banned names that are considered derogatory, lacking in meaning, or mockable

A law passed in Sonora, Mexico, explicitly bans 61 first names that are either considered derogatory, lacking in meaning or mockable.

Authorities say the objective is to protect children from being bullied because of their name.

Baby names banned in Mexico



Escroto (Scrotum)



Parents in New Zealand who want to give a baby name with more than 100 characters are out of luck

In New Zealand, parents are barred from giving names that would cause offense, that are longer than 100 characters, or that resemble an official title and rank.

Baby names banned in New Zealand

Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii


Sex Fruit

Fat Boy

Cinderella Beauty Blossom 

Portugal has an 82-page list of names that denotes which are accepted and which are not

In Portugal, children's names must betraditionally Portuguese, gender-specific, and full, meaning no nicknames.

To make things easier on parents, the country offers an 82-page list of namesthat denotes which are accepted and which are not.

Baby names banned in Portugal






Names that are considered 'too foreign' or blasphemous will not fly in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government has banned more than 50 names it deems "too foreign," inappropriate, blasphemous, or not in line with the country's social or religious traditions.

Baby names banned in Saudi Arabia


Malika (Queen)

Malak (Angel)




For both studies, a group of 163 babies, aged six to nine months, from a rural, indigenous population in Ecuador, were randomly assigned to be fed either one egg per day for six months (the “egg intervention group”) or no eggs at all (the “control group”). For the earlier-published research, the babies growth was measured. For this research, the babies’ blood was tested for levels of choline, DHA, and other vital nutrients. What the scientists found was that after six months, the egg intervention group had significantly higher concentrations of choline, DHA, and several other important nutrients in their bloodstream. And as an added bonus, there were no allergic reactions reported.

“The findings supported our hypothesis that early introduction of eggs significantly improved choline and other markers in its methyl group metabolism pathway,” the study authors wrote. Since the early introduction of eggs—as early as six months—can benefit not only physical growth but also brain development, it may not be long before pediatricians begin recommending that parents introduce eggs as early as six months.


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