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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Guiding Stars Updates Cholesterol Rating in Response to New Dietary Guidelines

Guiding Stars Guide

Featured article in the Summer 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up

Guiding Stars, North America’s leading private nutrition guidance program, recently announced that the organization has updated its approach to factoring dietary cholesterol into its ratings system. The move came in response to evolving scientific evidence and changes reflected in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Dr. Mitch Kanter, Executive Director of the Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) spoke with Dr. Leslie Fischer, a scientific advisor to the Guiding Stars program and one of the rating system’s chief developers, about the Guiding Stars system and the rationale behind the changes in its cholesterol rating. Here’s what Dr. Fischer had to say in response to ENC’s questions:

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Splurging on Spice

Splurging on Spices

A colorful array of spices is a hallmark of the sunny Mediterranean-style diet. When it comes to evidence-based eating patterns, the fruit- and vegetable- based Mediterranean diet has been the subject of scientific studies around the world. And the science stacks up; as a result, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that the Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern – including eggs – is a healthy way to eat.

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Eggs and the Traditional Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

Information featured in “What is the Mediterranean Diet?” – An educational handout created by Oldways and its Mediterranean Foods Alliance, in collaboration with the Egg Nutrition Center.

 Eggs have played a supporting role in the Mediterranean Diet for thousands of years. Ancient Phoenicians who lived in the Mediterranean region three thousand years ago kept chickens among their barnyard animals. An ancient mosaic style known as “Unswept Floor,” popular in the 2nd century BC, depicts food remnants from Roman banquets, including egg shells, indicating the use of eggs at even the finest of meals.

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Put an egg on it

Put An Egg On It

Featured article in the Spring 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Rachel Bassler RDN, CSSD, LDN

As a foodie, registered dietitian nutritionist and egg-lover, I am thrilled with the recent trend to “put an egg on it,” or, top just about anything (especially healthy fare like vegetables and whole grains) with a nutrient-dense protein food, like eggs.  Continue reading “Put an egg on it”