Nutritious Dietary Patterns

Dietary patterns (also called eating patterns) are the combinations and quantities of food and beverages consumed over time. Consistent evidence indicates that, in general, a plant-based dietary pattern is more health-promoting than the current average U.S. diet. However, a “plant-based” eating patterns doesn’t mean only plants; pairing high-quality protein foods, like eggs, with plants is essential for the synthesis and maintenance of muscle tissue, and for achieving optimal vitamin and mineral intakes.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three healthy eating patterns, all of which include eggs. But what are the sample eating patterns, and what are the key differences between them?

To learn more about healthy eating patterns, including those recommended in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, and how eggs fit within those patterns, explore the following PowerPoint, and feel free to share it with friends!

Healthy Eating Patterns: How do Eggs Fit?

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Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Womens Health and Fitness

Women often struggle to balance busy careers and family while budgeting time for health and fitness. Fortunately, the last Wednesday in September is designated as National Women’s Health and Fitness Day! A time to spotlight the importance of regular physical activity and healthy living for women. The following strategies can help many women resist the temptation to allow a busy schedule to hijack exercise time and nutrition goals. Continue reading “Women’s Health and Fitness Day”

Gastrophysics: Hidden Sides of Palatability

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A review of a new book – Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating
Featured article in the Fall 2017 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Richard Kahn, PhD, RD


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What makes that egg sandwich palatable? Toasted artisanal bread cut in arranged triangles, cooking skills or melted cheese? While flavor does play a part, its role is less than we think.  Professor Charles Spence’s new book, Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating has research suggesting that molten protein foods like runny yolks, melting cheese and care in arranging food on the plate play bigger roles than you might think. Gastrophysics, Spence says, is “the scientific study of those factors that influence our multisensory experience while tasting food and drink.”

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A Review of What the Health

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Featured article in the Fall 2017 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Chris Mohr, PhD, RD

What the Health is the latest sensational Netflix documentary to make sound waves across the internet. I admittedly dragged my feet on checking it out, since most food documentaries confuse the consumer more than help them, usually trying to convince them there is only one way to eat.  In this case, they do the same – and that one way involves eliminating all animal products from our diet.

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Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast Bars – A Back-to-School Solution

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With back-to-school season looming, we all need solutions to get into the routine.

Here’s one: these soft and chewy, super-filling Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast Bars.

These easy, make-ahead bars are perfect for busy mornings. They freeze beautifully and can be grabbed to go. Microwave for only a few seconds for a warm breakfast. Continue reading “Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast Bars – A Back-to-School Solution”