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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UConn Professor, Dr. Maria-Luz Fernandez, Highlights her Recent Research

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The Egg Nutrition Center interviewed Dr. Maria-Luz Fernandez, a nutrition researcher at the University of Connecticut. For many years, Dr. Fernandez has studied the impact of diet on various health indices in Hispanic and non-Hispanic subjects. She has done feeding studies in Mexico, and has a keen sense of the health and nutrition issues that impact the Hispanic community. We asked Dr. Fernandez about the role of eggs in the Hispanic household, as well as for an update on some of her latest research. Below are her responses to our questions: 

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¡Celebra! National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanics make up about 17.6 percent of the total United States (US) population (1). By 2060, 29 percent—more than one-quarter of the total population (2). As the number of Americans in this demographic increases, so does the popularity of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time dedicated to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.

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Eggs can (…and should) be included in the Mediterranean Diet

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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), which provide practical nutrition information and recommendations, have transitioned over the years to focus on the importance of dietary patterns (also called eating patterns) – or how individuals eat overall – versus focusing on specific foods or nutrients.

The Mediterranean diet is often considered a “gold standard” dietary pattern that is associated with many positive health benefits and is one of three dietary patterns recommended within the DGAs. However, people often forget that eggs can and should be included in this healthy eating pattern. In order to increase awareness of this, the Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) partners with the Oldways’ Mediterranean Foods Alliance (MFA), a program that helps people discover Mediterranean foods and flavors, to educate individuals on the benefits of including eggs in this healthy eating pattern.

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A nutrition scientist’s perspective on the new food label

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Featured article in the Summer 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Tia M. Rains, PhD

There’s been a great deal of activity in Washington, D.C. lately resulting in some significant changes in the food and nutrition landscape. Most notably, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an overhaul of the Nutrition Facts Panels that appears on all foods and beverages. This is the first major change in the nutrition label since the early 1990s which, according to the FDA, “will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families.”1

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Dietary patterns to optimize endothelial function

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Featured article in the Summer 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Elizabeth J. Reverri, PhD, RD, LDN

Cardiovascular disease currently affects approximately 86 million adults in the U.S. and has been the number one cause of mortality for almost 100 years. Because traditional risk factors fail to predict up to 50% of cardiovascular disease, other cardiovascular disease risk factors take on greater importance.1

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