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Healthy dietary patterns and brain health in children: the emerging role of lutein

Jen - Lutein Brain Health Blog Photo

Higher intake of carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits has been consistently identified as a characteristic of healthy eating patterns.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids (lipid-soluble pigments) found abundantly in various vegetables such as spinach, kale, squash, peas, and are also present in egg yolks.  These yellow carotenoids are selectively taken up by macular tissue of the retina and new research links these pigments to eye health as well as cognition1. Continue reading “Healthy dietary patterns and brain health in children: the emerging role of lutein”

Nutritious Comfort Food

Winter Comfort Food - Jessica Ivey Feb 2019 Blog Photo

By Jessica Ivey, RDN

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

 

This time of year, I crave classic comfort foods and hearty, rich dishes to satisfy body and soul. Many of these dishes are not especially nutrient-rich, but with a few upgrades, you can enjoy crave-worthy winter fare with more nutrition in each bite. Continue reading “Nutritious Comfort Food”

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”

Power of the First 1000 Days: Early Nutrition for Lifelong Health

First 100 Days

Featured article in the Winter 2019 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN

Good nutrition is important at every stage of life but most dynamic and with the greatest vulnerability in the first 1000 days (pregnancy and the first two years). Researchers are connecting the impact of vital nutrients early in life with overall health, growth and neurodevelopment. Continue reading “Power of the First 1000 Days: Early Nutrition for Lifelong Health”

Sustainable Nutrition for Women and Children: Eggs as Part of the Global Solution

Sustainable Nutrition

Featured article in the Winter 2019 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Jen Houchins, PhD, RD

Inadequate nutrition is responsible for stunted growth in approximately 25% of children worldwide and the cause of nearly half of deaths in children under five years of age. In the context of the global focus to end hunger and ensure access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food, a recent Maternal and Child Nutrition supplement explores a unique opportunity to address stunting and malnutrition through improved access to and increased consumption of eggs. As stated by Lutter, “…eggs in the context of a healthy diet may be an efficient, sustainable, and scalable approach to improve maternal and child nutrition and rural development.”1 Continue reading “Sustainable Nutrition for Women and Children: Eggs as Part of the Global Solution”