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.
Eggs contain many nutrients that are important for health. From our brain to our bones, the nutrient package of eggs can benefit the body. Here are a dozen ways eggs promote optimal health:
1. Brain Function: One large egg is an excellent source of choline – an essential nutrient critical for fetal brain development and brain function. Eating eggs may also be associated with improved cognitive performance in adults.1
2. Eye Health: Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in egg yolks that can promote eye health, especially as we get older.2 Continue reading “A Dozen Ways Eggs Improve Your Health”
Featured article in the Spring 2017 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Allison Pigatto, MS, RD, LDN
As the newest member of the ENC team, I am EGG-static about the work I get to be part of! My background is in school nutrition, a field that has undergone considerable change since the introduction of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.1 This legislation, which included updated requirements for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), aimed to align the meals served in schools with those recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).
Continue reading “Eggs Belong in Schools”
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”