Featured article in the Winter 2016 Nutrition Close-Up; written by Richard Kahn, PhD, RD
Feeding struggles between children and parents are common. There are two common causes. One is labeling foods as either “good” or “bad” and then striving to give a child the good food in recommended portions. Eggs have been the victim of the “good/bad” struggle over the past 50 years. For example, many people still think that eggs fall into the “bad” category. Health care professionals, like me, are still telling people that one egg a day is safe. Another cause is lack of detailed knowledge about individual foods. Eggs, some parents need to know, provide important micronutrients such as lutein, a carotenoid antioxidant usually linked to kale, a vegetable. Alerting worried parents to this simple fact may decrease the urge to push vegetables on their vegetable-resistant child. Many a child may dislike vegetables. Those same children may like foods that have eggs as an ingredient. Such foods include whole grain muffins, French toast, and pancakes. Antioxidants and other nutrients survive cooking.
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