Posts in Author: Jen Houchins, PhD, RD

Higher intake of carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits has been consistently identified as a characteristic of healthy eating patterns.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids (lipid-soluble pigments) found abundantly in various vegetables such as spinach, kale, squash, peas, and are also present in egg yolks.  These yellow carotenoids are selectively taken up by macular tissue of the retina and new research links these pigments to eye health as well as cognition1. (more…)

Healthy dietary patterns and brain health in children: the emerging role of lutein

Jen - Lutein Brain Health Blog PhotoHigher intake of carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits has been consistently identified as a characteristic of healthy eating patterns.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids (lipid-soluble pigments) found abundantly in various vegetables such as spinach, kale, squash, peas, and are also present in egg yolks.  These yellow carotenoids are selectively taken up by macular tissue of the retina and new research links...

Eggs, Diabetes, and the Current Scientific Evidence

Diabetes Blog PhotoThe Dietary Guidelines for Americans no longer provide a limit for dietary cholesterol for healthy people,1  however, some questions remain about the cardiovascular impact in people with diabetes or impaired fasting glucose.  This Nutrition Research Update highlights new evidence that supports eggs can be included in a healthy dietary pattern without adverse cardiovascular effects linked to diabetes, and in some...

Meet Jen Houchins, PhD, RD – ENC’s New Director of Nutrition Research

Untitled design (15)I am thrilled to join the Egg Nutrition Center as Director of Nutrition Research.  I join this group after working for five years at National Dairy Council as Director of Regulatory Affairs, and previously for Nestlé Health Science as a post-doctoral scientist. This month, I was lucky to be able to meet the passionate farmers and board members who support...

Choline: A Critical Need to Increase Awareness and Consumption

Choline Blog Photo“Choline has been shown to be ranked last among common nutrients as a nutrient to recommend for a healthy diet, and only about 10% of health professionals indicate moderate familiarity with choline.”1  With growing research indicating that this under-consumed nutrient is critical for neurocognitive development and health throughout the lifespan, health professionals should be aware of foods that provide choline...