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Edible bird’s nests are bird nests created by edible-nest swiftlets, Indonesian swiftlets, and other swiftlets using solidified saliva, which are harvested for human consumption. They are particularly prized in Chinese culture due to their rarity, high nutritional value in nutrients such as protein, and rich flavor.
In the health perspective, the main nutritional contents of bird’s nest are water-soluble proteins and carbohydrates, combined with other nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, iron, sodium, potassium and vitamin B1. Edible bird’s nest contains Epidermic Growth Factor (EGF) which can stimulate cell growth, and regenerate and strengthen the immune system. In addition, bird’s nest is rich in collagen and minerals which is beneficial for making the skin smooth and promote anti-aging.