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.

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Eggs Belong in Schools

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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).

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Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day for Kids? The Study Design May Determine the Results

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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”

New Study: Daily Egg Intake May Improve Cognitive Performance

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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”

‘Oh the thinks you can think’ on pediatric obesity

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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.

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New Research: Eating Eggs at Breakfast May Help With Appetite and Caloric Intake Control in Kids

creative scrambled egg breakfast face shapeAs 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.

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