Nutrients In Eggs

Eggs are a nutrient goldmine!

One large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, all for 70 calories.

While egg whites contain some of the eggs’ high-quality protein, riboflavin and selenium, the majority of an egg’s nutrient package is found in the yolk. Nutrients such as:

  • Vitamin D, critical for bone health and immune function. Eggs are one of the only foods that naturally contain vitamin D.
  • Choline, essential for normal functioning of all cells, but particularly important during pregnancy to support healthy brain development of the fetus.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are believed to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that develops with age.

Choline – The Underconsumed and Underappreciated Essential Nutrient

NCU Choline Website

Featured article in the Winter 2019 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN

“Recognition of the growing evidence relating inadequate intakes to health consequences coupled with evidence of suboptimal intakes in high-risk populations, warrants a need for improved public health recommendations for choline” was the consensus of more than 40 experts attending the 2018 Choline Science Summit, whose findings were summarized recently in a feature article in the journal Nutrition Today.1 Continue reading “Choline – The Underconsumed and Underappreciated Essential Nutrient”

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

5 Grounding Foods for Summer

5 Grounding Foods

Featured article in the Summer 2018 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC

After months of little sunlight and low temperature, many of us are thankful that summer is finally here. A new season is a great time to evaluate your wellness routine, but it can also be overwhelming as we adjust to light and weather changes and navigate that push-pull feeling of wanting to dive into a new season while still having to tie up loose ends from the previous one. Packing our schedules with summer activities can also lead to feeling scattered – and stressed. Continue reading “5 Grounding Foods for Summer”

Does Egg Yolk Color Impact Nutrition Quality?

Egg Yolk Color

Eggs come in a variety of colors (not just on Easter!). From the shell to the yolk, the color of your eggs may vary significantly from one to the next. Many people assume that egg yolk and shell color are reflective of quality, taste or nutritional value of the egg. When it comes to the shell, this is not the case. Shell color depends on the hen breed (find out more here). But what about the color of the yolk? Continue reading “Does Egg Yolk Color Impact Nutrition Quality?”