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?

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Healthy Eating Patterns: How do Eggs Fit?

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Egg consumption improves carotenoid absorption

Featured article in the Summer 2015 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Jung Eun Kim, PhD, RD and Wayne W. Campbell, PhD

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes consumption of 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. However, the average intake of fruits and vegetables in U.S. adults is only 2.6 cups.1  This low consumption of fruits and vegetables may result in the limited availability of fat soluble, health-promoting phytochemicals such as carotenoids from these foods. Dietary carotenoids have biological properties, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which may help protect against certain chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, age-related macular degeneration, and some types of cancer.2 The bioavailability of carotenoids from a meal can be affected by several factors, such as food matrix, type of food processing, nutritional status, interactions with other dietary compounds during digestion and absorption, and gut status.3 However, co-consumption of carotenoid-rich foods with dietary lipids may be one of the most effective stimulators of the absorption of carotenoids.4

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When It Comes To Health, Diet Patterns Matter More Than How Many Eggs You Eat

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Associations between egg consumption and cardiovascular risk factors depends on the other foods and beverages consumed.

Researchers compared cardiovascular risk among adult egg eaters to those who did not report eating an egg or egg dish during their 24-hour food recall in the 2001-2008 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) (Nicklas, 2014). Egg eaters were additionally sub-grouped based on overall diet patterns characterized using percent energy intake from food groups, resulting in a total of 8 diet patterns (i.e., no egg diet pattern and 7 diet patterns among egg eaters).

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Dietitians and the food industry: an important seat at the table

Featured article in the Spring 2015 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RD, CDE

More than 20 years ago I became a dietitian because I wanted to help people make informed food decisions and avoid being taken advantage of by the media, marketers and fearmongers. That underlying motivation for me is stronger today than ever. As a self-proclaimed “dietitian enthusiast,” my vision is to hear more dietitian voices “out there” so that credible, meaningful nutrition information and advice dominates the conversation–not oversimplified, sensationalized, fear-provoking misinformation from celebrities and other “experts.”

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Celiac disease in a gluten-free nutshell

Featured article in the Spring 2015 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Kristin D. Maggi, MS, PA-C

Celiac disease is a hereditary autoimmune disorder that has become increasingly more common. It is estimated to occur in one out of every 133 people, which means approximately 2.3 million Americans are afflicted. While a large majority of those with celiac disease are undiagnosed, a growing awareness of the condition within the medical community has led to a greater number of screenings in recent years.  Continue reading “Celiac disease in a gluten-free nutshell”