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American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference in New Orleans >

On 07.17.2015 by Debbie Rayhab

Did you know that according to, the state of Louisiana has an obesity prevalence of more than 32%? In the next 30 days, diabetes educators will converge on the city of New Orleans for the Annual Diabetes Educator Conference. The timing seems appropriate in that obesity and diabetes are interrelated. Trending for both obesity and diabetes continues to grow and has many health professionals collaborating on best practices for behavioral interventions. When we look at diabetes alone, the most current statistics indicate that 1 in 11 Americans will have Type I Diabetes or Type II Diabetes. The “Stop Diabetes�? campaign projects that in every 19 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Learn more at—Diabetes by the Numbers. If you are attending AADE, stop Read More >

Paleo-Curious? Eggs Are A Whole, Paleo-Friendly Food >

On 04.17.2015 by Katie Clay

When it comes to eating healthy, these days it can be tough to keep your head above water. The sea of diet terms, trends—and even “facts�?—changes every day. Grain-free? Gluten-free? The Paleo Movement? If you’re curious about whether these options are right for you, I’m going to break down the Paleo Movement into easy-to-digest information. You see, the grocery stores you and I walk through every week are very different from our grandparents’ grocery stores. Foods laden with refined sugar clog the aisles and package labels tout extraordinary health claims at every turn. Even health-conscious shoppers think they’re doing the right thing by filling their carts with instant oats, whole grain breads, and non-fat yogurts…but are they? Well, not according to the Paleo lifestyle. Back Read More >

Eggs: A Piece of the Fitness Puzzle for National Nutrition Month® >

On 03.02.2015 by Debbie Rayhab

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 Read More >

Good Fats and Good Nutrition in Eggs >

On 02.18.2015 by Katie Clay

Did you know that eggs can help you meet the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and be part of a healthful diet that may help you maintain a healthy weight? The Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing nutrient dense foods to meet your nutrient needs, while balancing calories. Here are their nutrition tips: Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups Eat less of nutrient-poor foods Limit the amount of fat you consume to no more than 25-30% of your total calories in a given day. For good health, the majority of that fat should be monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Consume less than 1500 mg of sodium/day It’s important to recognize that fat delivers nutrition and you don’t need (or want) Read More >

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats >

On 02.02.2015 by Debbie Rayhab

From trans fat to saturated fat to polyunsaturated fats – it can be confusing to know which you should eat and which you should avoid. Own the Yolk One food people used to avoid for heart health is egg yolks. The tide has changed, as nutrition research is unscrambling the dietary cholesterol myth. The American Heart Association now recommends that an egg yolk can be part of a healthy eating plan every day. In fact, 43% of the protein in an egg comes from the yolk. So, too, do many other nutrients, like iron, choline, vitamin D, and healthful omega-3s. The American Heart Association announced in 2012 that egg yolks can help prevent stroke due to their vitamin D content. Get egg recipes now! Tips Read More >

Good fats: Avocados >

On 01.14.2015 by Chantel Arsenault

Ever wonder why monounsaturated fats are considered good fats? Discover the health benefits. Good fats in a healthy diet How can you incorporate more good fats in your diet? Try our avocado smoothie recipe. Good fats + protein = nutritious pick-me-up. So drink to your health!

Healthy Weight with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs >

On 01.02.2015 by Debbie Rayhab

Happy New Year! This is a great time to kick start the new year with a fresh approach to healthy weight and healthy lifestyle. Tips to Promote Healthy Weight We did a quick review of what factors are important in building successful weight loss and/or weight management goals. Research tells us a simple bottom line: A combination of diet and exercise are key factors for success. Healthy food choices and exercise go hand in hand. Eggs can Help You Achieve your Weight Goals Did you know that eggs can play a role in your healthy eating plan? Check out the infographic below. For a great list of health tips, download Healthy Weight & Living Well. To access additional references on healthy weight, visit the RD section Read More >

How Sweet It Is: The Science Behind Sugar in Baking >

On 12.15.2014 by Debbie Rayhab

It’s that time of year again, when we bring out our favorite cookie, cake and pie recipes we save for the holiday season. A common ingredient in all of these delicious baked goods is sugar. It’s essential in baking to add flavor, texture, structure, volume and it helps in caramelization. Sugar in its natural form has some amazing powers for baking. When cooking or baking with sugars, it is helpful to understand a little of the science behind sugars. Sugar is a molecule that is made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. This structure is important in cooking and baking because it makes it easy to bond with other molecules. As it bonds with other molecules it holds onto the moisture of food and makes the difference in Read More >

Eggs and Omega Fatty Acids >

On 11.04.2014 by Chantel Arsenault

Nature made a perfect food in the humble egg—replete with all the nutrients needed to nourish a young life. Eggs continue as the all-purpose, nutritious staple that works with any culinary style and any lifestyle. Egg Nutrition: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Did you know that eggs are a natural source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids? Eating omega-3s can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, lower your blood pressure, and probably relive symptoms of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, according to current research. Some of the omega-6 fatty acids are thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. They may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Nutrition scientists emphasize keeping the two types of healthy fat in balance, with more omega-3 than omega-6 Read More >

November is National Diabetes Month® >

On 11.03.2014 by Debbie Rayhab

National Diabetes Month® corresponds to the vision of the American Diabetes Association: “a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens.�? Diabetes is so common, it touches almost everyone’s life. Taking care of diabetes can help protect your health and prevent complications, such as nerve damage, kidney failure, vision problems, or amputations. An active lifestyle and a healthy diet contribute to health for everyone—and especially for someone who has diabetes or prediabetes. The Safest Choice™ wellness team supports healthy eating with diabetes as part of its Eggs: Nutrition for Life initiative. Eggs in a healthy diet for diabetes Eggs offer an economical and easy source of protein packed with egg nutrition. Advises the American Diabetes Association, “Best protein choices are: plant-based proteins, fish and Read More >