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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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!

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”

Healthy, Sustainable Eating Patterns and the Importance of the Big Picture

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Featured article in the Fall 2018 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Mickey Rubin, PhD

Increasingly, the conversation among health professionals in nutrition includes not only human health and well-being, but also the intersection of food, nutrition and agriculture. This intersection is commonly referred to as sustainable nutrition, and it is a way of looking at the contribution of foods and diet patterns in terms of not only health benefits, but economic, social and environmental outcomes as well. Continue reading “Healthy, Sustainable Eating Patterns and the Importance of the Big Picture”