National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, invites us all to “get our plates in shape” with a focus on healthy eating. So, let’s crack open the nutrient file on Safest Choice™ pasteurized eggs. Here’s quick tour of what’s inside:
- Protein: One large pasteurized egg offers up 6 grams of protein. At just 70 calories per egg, that translates into a healthful entrée ingredient or snack. Egg protein classifies as “high biological value,” meaning it’s easy for the body to use for health. In fact, eggs are the gold standard in biological value. Every other protein source is compared with eggs.
- Antioxidants: Lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are highly bioavailable from eggs, can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Vitamins A, D, and E: Revised USDA nutrient data shows that eggs higher in vitamin D than previously thought. All three of these essential fat-soluble vitamins—A, D, and E—are readily available from eggs.
- Iron: Egg yolks are classic source of easy-to-absorb iron. Not as trendy as some nutrients, iron is nevertheless essential for preventing iron-deficiency anemia and supporting growth. Iron helps deliver oxygen throughout the body, and deficiency can lead to fatigue. Children, women of reproductive age, and athletes all need to pay special attention to iron. Did you know that iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world?
- Omega fatty acids: These essential fatty acids continue to capture nutrition headlines. We now know that they can help prevent chronic illnesses like heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. They reduce many kinds of inflammatory processes in the body. Even better, they support healthy brain functioning and memory. They can reduce the risk of Alzeheimer’s disease.
- Choline: Speaking of healthy brain functioning, choline is another nutrient you’ll find in eggs that’s good for the nervous system and the brain. This nutrient, found in egg yolks, is especially crucial during pregnancy. Even before birth, choline and folate—also found in eggs—contribute to healthy nervous system development for babies. Its benefits persist throughout the life cycle, optimizing brain function.
Safest Choice™ is proud to support getting your plate in shape for National Nutrition Month® with safe, pasteurized eggs that eliminate the risk of Salmonella while powering you up with great egg nutrients.
Did you know? National Nutrition Month grew from just a “National Nutrition Week” in 1973. I think sound nutrition deserves a full month of conversation. How about you?