Nutrition Science

Nutrition research is the underpinning of our programs and outreach. ENC is dedicated to providing accurate and up-to-date information on eggs, nutrition and health. Below is a collection of both ENC-funded research and relevant studies.

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Unintended Consequences of Weight Loss: A Researcher Weighs In

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Featured article in the August, 2016 Issue of Nutrition Research Update; written by Christian Wright, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Nutrition Science Laboratory of Nutrition, Fitness, and Aging Purdue University

It goes without saying that our nation currently faces a serious obesity crisis. Nearly half of the United States has an obesity prevalence greater than 30% and not a single state in the U.S. shows a prevalence less than 20% (Fig. 1). This pervasiveness of obesity has led to a dramatic spike in cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes cases, which has ultimately decreased the quality of life and life expectancy for many Americans (1). One solution to this nationwide problem is weight loss, particularly diet-induced weight loss (2). Even a 5% reduction in body weight is shown to improve fasting blood lipid and glucose concentrations while decreasing the risk of all-cause mortality (3, 4). Indeed, weight loss is beneficial and is needed to combat our on-going battle with obesity. However, the loss of body mass without considering changes in body composition is irresponsible. Though beneficial for metabolic health, weight loss is shown to decrease bone mass (5) which could, in turn, increase the risk of osteoporosis and skeletal fracture.

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Top Experts Present Perspectives on Cardiometabolic Health

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On June 3, the Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) was proud to sponsor a satellite symposium at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Boston, MA titled, Nutrition, Exercise & Cardiometabolic Health: New Concepts & Controversies.  Following introductory remarks by ENC’s Executive Director, Dr. Mitch Kanter, two of the nation’s top nutrition and fitness experts shared their perspectives on diet and physical activity behaviors that reduce risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and related metabolic disorders:

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Experimental Biology 2016, ENC-funded Presentations

The Experimental Biology annual meeting attracts over 14,000 scientists in the fields of nutrition, anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology, and physiology.  Scientists in academia, government agencies, private corporations, and non-profit organizations from around the world attend the event.

At the upcoming 2016 meeting, a total of 14 abstracts will be presented that were supported in full or in part, by an ENC research grant. We are proud to announce that three of these presentations were selected for various competitions, which are noted below.  We congratulate all of the authors and are pleased to be able to advance the understanding of nutrition through our research program.

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