Nutrients In Eggs

Eggs are a nutrient goldmine!

One large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, all for 70 calories.

While egg whites contain some of the eggs’ high-quality protein, riboflavin and selenium, the majority of an egg’s nutrient package is found in the yolk. Nutrients such as:

  • Vitamin D, critical for bone health and immune function. Eggs are one of the only foods that naturally contain vitamin D.
  • Choline, essential for normal functioning of all cells, but particularly important during pregnancy to support healthy brain development of the fetus.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin, 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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Vitamin-D enhanced eggs can protect serum vitamin D levels during the winter

Eggs in Carton

Featured article in the August, 2016 Issue of Nutrition Research Update

Vitamin D intakes are below recommendations for a large percentage of the population in the United States and Europe.  As such, supplementation is often recommended to maintain serum levels of vitamin D, particularly over winter.  An alternative approach is vitamin D fortification of suitable foods.

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The egg: a useful tool for eating disorder nutrition therapy

Cracked Eggs

Featured article in the Summer 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Kylie Thompson, RDN

As health professionals, we often idealize a nutrient-dense eating pattern as a tool to prevent disease. However, it is also important to recognize its role in the treatment of disease. This
article describes the role of nutrition in the treatment of eating disorders (ED), and more specifically, anorexia nervosa (AN).

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ENC Supports the San Antonio Food Bank

San Antonio Food Bank

The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is fortunate to work with its Health Professional Advisors (HPAs), a group made up of a variety of health experts who are committed to better nutrition and optimal health. Last week ENC met with our HPAs in San Antonio, TX. Among the topics discussed was food insecurity and how nutrient-dense, affordable eggs may play a role in food insecure populations. The group concluded its meeting with a visit to the San Antonio Food Bank, a facility that should be applauded for its efforts in providing good food to individuals in southwest Texas.

For more information about the San Antonio Food Bank, visit http://safoodbank.org/.

For additional information on food insecurity and for ways how healthcare professionals can assist underserved populations, read “Transforming healthcare to fight hunger,” and see the accompanying infographic.