Eggs: A Piece of the Fitness Puzzle for National Nutrition Month®
This March, we again join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in celebrating National Nutrition Month®. The theme for 2015 is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages everyone to adopt healthy nutrition choices and a routine of physical activity. This powerful combo can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic disease, and feel great!
Fitness + nutrition can help you maintain muscle mass
Most people start losing some muscle after age 30. But you can tackle this trend. Says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Men and women should participate in muscle strengthening activities that work the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms) at least two times each week. Examples of strength training include lifting weights, using resistance bands and doing push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. Even everyday activities such as carrying groceries, playing with your kids and gardening can strengthen muscles.”
Protein quality is an important consideration in nutrition to support muscle, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. One measure of this is the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS). “Egg protein has a high PDCAAS since it contains the perfect balance of the nine essential amino acids and is easily digestible, making it an excellent protein source for vegetarians,” says the Academy. And of course eggs are a great protein source for everyone who wants an economical, versatile protein option. Have you tried the protein-packed orange mango smoothie recipe?
How are you celebrating National Nutrition Month®? Download the free Eggs: Nutrition & Wellness Backgrounder (PDF) for more ideas about how Safest Choice™ eggs fit in your healthy lifestyle.
The Safest Choice™ wellness team supports healthy eating as part of its Eggs: Nutrition for Life initiative.
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