Eggs Across The Lifespan
Eggs contain a number of nutrients that are essential throughout the lifespan:
- High-quality protein contains building blocks needed to support healthy bones and muscles. Research suggests that exercise, along with optimal protein intake, can slow the effects of sarcopenia or chronic age-related muscle loss.
- Choline is essential for normal liver function and brain health. It is especially important during pregnancy to support normal fetal growth and development, and most pregnant women do not consume adequate amounts of choline. Consuming eggs during pregnancy is one solution to choline consumption issues.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that are believed to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that develops with age.
The subject of ‘breakfast’ has certainly become controversial in recent years. Once heralded as the ‘most important meal of the day’, new research has challenged this thinking. For example, intervention studies in adults have shown no distinct advantage of breakfast consumption for weight loss or metabolic health versus breakfast skipping. The debate continues in the scientific literature. Continue reading “Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day for Kids? The Study Design May Determine the Results”
Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that dietary cholesterol and egg intake are not associated with risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Rather, the study showed that eating eggs was actually associated with better performance in certain cognitive tests. Continue reading “New Study: Daily Egg Intake May Improve Cognitive Performance”
Featured article in the Fall 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Bev Benda, RDN, LDN, BCC
Years ago I saw the Broadway show, Seussical the Musical.1 It is based on two Dr. Seuss classics, Horton Hears a Who 2 about a sweet, gigantic elephant who befriends a dustsized boy from a microscopic town, and Horton Hatches the Egg,2 in which this same elephant guards his friend Mayzie’s egg while she parties. The musical transcends these story lines as it shares the message of accepting people despite size or looks. Several characters face criticism, isolation, loneliness, and low self-esteem because they are “different.” It comes full circle after showing how judgment hurts, and seeing beyond the surface creates true friendship and love.
Continue reading “‘Oh the thinks you can think’ on pediatric obesity”
As highlighted in a recent blog, higher protein breakfasts may reduce hunger in kids. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania recently confirmed these results in a study that compared the satiating properties of egg- versus two cereal grain-based breakfasts in children.
Continue reading “New Research: Eating Eggs at Breakfast May Help With Appetite and Caloric Intake Control in Kids”
If protein at breakfast shows benefits, it may help manage or prevent overweight in kids.
Researchers at the University of Arkansas were interested in weight-related physiologic effects of high carbohydrate and high protein breakfasts among school aged kids. In focusing on kids, they noted that “In the U.S. 32% of children are overweight and 17% obese. Obesity is a major public health concern, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia.” [Baum, 2015] As communities and healthcare professionals look for solutions to the obesity problem, researchers are also working to discover ways to address the issue. Breakfast has been the subject of several studies related to weight loss and maintenance.
Continue reading “Higher Protein Breakfast Reduces Hunger in Kids”