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.
As parents prepare to send their children back to school, they often think about the essentials – new school backpack, supplies or even new clothes. But do enough parents think about arming their child with a nutritious breakfast? Research shows that children who eat breakfast may have better concentration in the classroom and overall improved health and well-being.1
Below is a variety of resources and information that highlight the importance of breakfast and help families incorporate it into busy weekday routines:
- Rampersaud GC, et al. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105:743-760.
The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin have long been associated with eye health, as they can help reduce the risk of cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. It turns out, their benefits extend beyond the eye. More recent research has discovered lutein’s role on cognition as well.1,2
Continue reading “Beyond Eye Health: Lutein’s Impact on Cognition”
Moms everywhere often encourage their kids to drink milk – the poster child for calcium – to help build strong bones. Calcium and vitamin D have long been documented as important nutrients needed for optimal bone health,1 but does dietary protein play a positive role as well? Or, could protein intake have a harmful effect on bone health? Continue reading “Eat Protein for Bone Health?”
Can simply feeding eggs to undernourished children help tackle global malnutrition? Researchers think so. Two studies published this week show the impact of adding eggs to the diets of undernourished infants and children, such as a decreased prevalence of stunted growth – a condition that effects 159 million children around the world.1 Continue reading “Adding an Egg Can Help Malnourished Infants and Children Grow”
Eggs contain many important nutrients. From our brain to our bones, the impact of these nutrients are wide-ranging. Learn how the nutrient package of eggs can benefit the body:
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 Egg Nutrients Benefit the Body”