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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Savor the Flavor & Nutrition of Eggs in National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month® (NNM), a nutrition education and information campaign celebrated annually by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The purpose of NNM is to bring attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the NNM theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” which, “encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.”

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Is vitamin D status compromised in diabetes? And, could whole eggs be part of the solution?

Vitamin D Breakfast

The middle of winter when sun exposure is limited is a good time for everyone to pay attention to getting enough vitamin D from food sources. This is particularly important for individuals living with diabetes, since there is preliminary evidence that vitamin D status is compromised due to secondary effects of diabetes.

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Industry-funded nutrition science needn’t wear a scarlet letter

Featured article in the Winter 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Mitch Kanter, PhD, executive director of The Egg Nutrition Center

A few recent articles that appeared in technical journals and the lay press seemed to collectively make the following arguments: 1) methods employed to conduct nutrition research are often flawed, leading to erroneous conclusions, and 2) nutrition studies funded by industry sources are really, really flawed, thus leading to biased, invalid results. As one who has spent the better part of the past quarter century facilitating industry-sponsored nutrition research, I will submit that there may be a kernel of truth in both of these statements. That said I bristle at the notion that they are absolutely true; that nutrition research in general, and studies funded by industry in particular, should somehow be made to wear a scarlet letter.  Continue reading “Industry-funded nutrition science needn’t wear a scarlet letter”