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Meal Planning with Eggs

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By Jessica Ivey, RDN

The Egg Nutrition Center partnered with Jessica Ivey, RDN, LDN to write this blog post.

Start with a Plan

The key to healthy eating, even during crazy busy weeks, is to start with a plan. Choose a day when you can take the time to sit down and brainstorm your meals for the week. You can use the MyPlate tool as a visual guide to create balanced meals with the right mix of nutrients to fuel your body. Start by filling half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Then add a source of high-quality protein like salmon, chicken, or eggs. With 6 grams of protein per large egg and all nine essential amino acids, eggs are a convenient and budget-friendly protein to incorporate into any meal. Then add a serving of whole grains and low-fat dairy. While it’s not essential to get all five food groups at every meal, aim to include at least three food groups at each meal.  Continue reading “Meal Planning with Eggs”

Eggs, Diabetes, and the Current Scientific Evidence

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The 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 cases, can be linked to beneficial outcomes. Continue reading “Eggs, Diabetes, and the Current Scientific Evidence”

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

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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 our research program.  These folks are so engaged and excited about the momentum of ENC’s program, and the enthusiasm is contagious.  I really look forward to working together with the AEB and ENC teams, as well as our external experts to help move nutrition science forward!

Choline: A Critical Need to Increase Awareness and Consumption

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“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 and ways to incorporate them into the diet. Continue reading “Choline: A Critical Need to Increase Awareness and Consumption”

What Foods Should People with Diabetes Eat

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By Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND

Many people with diabetes avoid health-boosting foods because of the food’s perceived effect on blood glucose or because of long-held fears of carbohydrates, fats or cholesterol. As type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease with effects reaching the liver, heart, brain and more, people with diabetes should be encouraged to avoid the myopic view that diabetes is merely a blood sugar problem. Thus, a diet for type 2 diabetes management must also consider overall health with emphasis on glucose control, reversing insulin resistance and preventing heart disease and stroke.

The following are several foods people with diabetes often have questions about. Continue reading “What Foods Should People with Diabetes Eat”