Lutein’s Role in Optimal Eye and Brain Health

Lutein Scores

Image: Actual lutein scores from attendees at the 2018 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo®.

Lutein is an important carotenoid that has been shown to act as internal sunglasses, protecting our eyes from harmful blue light. It also prevents against macular degeneration and other age-related eye diseases. Emerging research shows lutein’s benefits may extend beyond eye health, impacting cognitive function and brain health across the lifespan. Continue reading “Lutein’s Role in Optimal Eye and Brain Health”

Baby-Led Weaning: A Fresh Approach to Starting Solids

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Featured article in the Fall 2018 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Diana K. Rice, RD, LD

What infants eat in their first few months of life is critical. Around six months old, breast milk and formula are no longer sufficient to meet an infant’s increasing nutritional needs. In particular, the nutrients needed for cognitive development including iron, zinc, choline and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) must start to come from solid foods.We also now know that early exposure to common allergens including eggs and peanuts can actually help decrease the development of problematic food allergies.2 Continue reading “Baby-Led Weaning: A Fresh Approach to Starting Solids”

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”

Whole Eggs and Cholesterol Absorption


Dietary cholesterol intake from whole eggs has shown to elicit a highly variable impact on blood cholesterol levels, with approximately two-thirds of the population having a minimal or no response. This has certainly effected a shift in modern day thinking regarding dietary cholesterol. Why wouldn’t dietary intake directly affect body levels? A recent study in Nutrients delved further into the relationship between cholesterol in eggs and plasma cholesterol levels by measuring how cholesterol is absorbed immediately after a meal. Continue reading “Whole Eggs and Cholesterol Absorption”

September is Better Breakfast Month

Better Breakfast

Did you know that September is Better Breakfast Month? The perfect time to explore new and delicious recipes.

But a nutritious breakfast doesn’t have to take all day. Eggs can be cooked in just minutes (even in the microwave)! And studies show that eating eggs for breakfast, compared to a bagel, helped people lose weight, feel more energetic and increase fullness. Continue reading “September is Better Breakfast Month”