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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Eggs and the Traditional Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

Information featured in “What is the Mediterranean Diet?” – An educational handout created by Oldways and its Mediterranean Foods Alliance, in collaboration with the Egg Nutrition Center.

 Eggs have played a supporting role in the Mediterranean Diet for thousands of years. Ancient Phoenicians who lived in the Mediterranean region three thousand years ago kept chickens among their barnyard animals. An ancient mosaic style known as “Unswept Floor,” popular in the 2nd century BC, depicts food remnants from Roman banquets, including egg shells, indicating the use of eggs at even the finest of meals.

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Put an egg on it

Put An Egg On It

Featured article in the Spring 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Rachel Bassler RDN, CSSD, LDN

As a foodie, registered dietitian nutritionist and egg-lover, I am thrilled with the recent trend to “put an egg on it,” or, top just about anything (especially healthy fare like vegetables and whole grains) with a nutrient-dense protein food, like eggs.  Continue reading “Put an egg on it”

Transforming healthcare to fight hunger

Affordable Foods Infographic

Featured article in the Spring 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RD, LDN

Nearly 50 million people in the United States can be classified as food insecure.1 This staggering number supports the need for healthcare professionals to actively fight against hunger. Healthcare professionals can improve their patients’ outcomes by working with community organizations to increase access to food.  Continue reading “Transforming healthcare to fight hunger”

Egg Muffin Cups – A great recipe for individuals with diabetes and beyond

Baked Eggs

Type 2 diabetes afflicts an estimated 28 million Americans. Many more—perhaps 85 million—have prediabetes, meaning that their blood sugar level is abnormal. For both diabetics and prediabetics, eating strategically is essential. The right diet can help those with diabetes manage their blood sugar and help prediabetics lower the risk of developing full-blown type 2 diabetes.

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