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You Can’t Eggs-aggerate the Benefits of Eggs! >

On 11.09.2012 by Susan Burke March

I love to think about words.  Changing how you interpret common words offers insight into a new way of thinking.  Exaggerate means to represent (something) as being larger, greater, better, or worse than it really is. As a registered dietitian and one who’s radar is always in the ‘on’ position in terms of food marketing awareness, I rarely say “bad�? or “good�? when discussing food.  Don’t give human characteristics to food: label food factually and take the emotional quotient off the table.  A food can be high in fat, or low in sugar, etc. People definitely may be ‘bad’ or ‘good’ but food…well, food consists of nutrients…protein, carbohydrate, fat.  There are good and bad choices to be made in terms of health.  Refined carbs from Read More >

Five Convenient, Fast and Healthy Snack Ideas >

On 08.20.2012 by Debbie Rayhab

In my last post I mentioned that snacks mean different things to different people.  Snacking is paramount in my house, as a working mother of four that needs to juggle multiple sporting events, three words fit in my vocabulary of snacks: Convenient, Fast and Healthy!  A healthy snack is a win-win situation for everyone. Here are a couple of my personal favorites: Hard Cooked Eggs or Hard-boiled – True, we offer hard-boiled eggs but how you can you argue? Packed with protein, over 13 vitamins and minerals.  And here is the biggie; one hard cooked egg is only 70 calories. Wow. This puts the 100 calorie snack into perspective. Check out our smoky deviled egg recipe for a great way to spice up your hard Read More >

A Riddle and Five Healthy Reasons to Snack >

On 08.01.2012 by Debbie Rayhab

Riddle:  What is truly designed by nature to be the perfect snack, is round, you can drop it and it may bounce…..and is packed with Protein? Answer:  You Got It!  A Hard Boiled Egg! It is one thing comes to mind for me, when it comes to snacking.  Healthy, portable, convenient and not in excess of 300 calories! Well that throws out chips and three layer chocolate cake.  But honestly, when I want a snack, it is typically in between meals or when I just need a boost of energy. Snacks are many things to many people. But, what snacking does so incredibly well is fill a need. Snacks have grown in popularity across the board. Look at the restaurant industry, sliders and similar mini Read More >

Ancel Keys and the Lipid Hypothesis (continued) >

On 05.22.2012 by Jay Berglind

So how did everybody get the lipid hypothesis wrong?  It starts with Ancel. He lied. Well, he fudged data, which is pretty much the same as lying. He left off the countries, 15 out 22, that contradicted his theory. It turns out there was a relatively weak correlation between high fat diets and CVD. A better correlative was wealth which led to more sedentary lifestyles and, at least during the 50s, more smoking (see TV show Mad Men).  But Ancel, like the mad scientist in the movie when his experiment goes horribly wrong, stuck to his theory and never fessed up to the cooking the books. Part of the problem was the nature of consensus. Given acceptance of a theory that holds together well, even Read More >

Ancel Keys and the Lipid Hypothesis >

On 05.17.2012 by Jay Berglind

Lately, almost all new information about eggs has been positive. This week the Egg Nutrition Center presented   new research that highlights the role high protein eggs play in increased satiety and reduced hunger hormones. There has been new appreciation of the value of low glycemic foods for diabetics, the importance of nutrients like choline lutein and xeazanthin. Perhaps more exciting is that a lot of the old theories about eggs have been reassessed or outright de-bunked. Today the New York Times wrote an article about a recent study that looked at the idea that people inherit any of a wide variety of genetic variations that determine how much HDL cholesterol they produce. For 40 years or longer, eggs were a dietary pariah, a dangerous or unhealthy Read More >

The Brain Gain: Eggs and a Healthy Pregnancy >

On 04.30.2012 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Pregnancy is a great time to feed the brain – baby’s brain, that is. Brain development for babies starts right after conception. This means the brain gain – the lifelong benefits your baby enjoys from good nutrition during fetal development –starts early. If you are pregnant or just thinking of starting a family, read on…. Egg Nutrients and Baby’s Brain Maybe it’s not surprising that eggs deliver critical brain nutrients your baby needs for healthy development. Take a look at these top 3: 1 - Choline in eggs supports a developing nervous system and brain. If you’re pregnant, your recommended choline intake goes up to 450 mg/day. (It goes even higher when you’re breastfeeding.) Two eggs (252 mg choline) provide more than half your recommended Read More >

Getting Your Plate in Shape >

On 03.23.2012 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

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, Read More >

A New Year, A Better You in 2012 >

On 01.31.2012 by Elizabeth Guerrero

As each year comes to a close, we all tend to make New Year’s resolutions, typically declaring to start something new. It’s now one month into the New Year, are you still following your New Year’s resolution? Making the resolutions is the easy part; the tricky part is sticking to them. However, making realistic goals and making small changes might actually help you achieve some of your New Year’s resolutions. Thinking positively and focusing more on what you're gaining rather than giving up will help you stick to your resolutions more long-term. Develop better eating habits The foods we choose have a huge impact on our long-term health and well-being, but with busy schedules eating healthy doesn’t always seem like a convenient option. Plan ahead Read More >

Eggs, Nutrition, & Wellness: Pass it On >

On 09.23.2011 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

As the Safest Choice™ team prepares for FNCE, the annual conference of Registered Dietitians and Diet Technicians this year, it’s been great to hear sneak previews of their new nutrition education talking points. So, what’s the good word? Three good words about eggs and nutrition come to mind: cholesterol, nutrition, and weight. The Skinny on Egg Nutrition Cholesterol: Cholesterol in eggs is lower than previously thought, reports the USDA—186 mg per egg. More importantly, though, the old-school link between eating eggs and raising blood cholesterol has been broken. Remember when the American Heart Association used to tell us how many egg yolks to eat per week? They’ve stopped.  And here’s what the Harvard Medical School says: "The only large study to look at the impact Read More >

Final Two Safe Eggs a Day Post >

On 08.08.2011 by Jay Berglind

I must begin this post by apologizing. I know it has been three months since I wrote a “Two Eggs a Day�? post but it is better late than never. During my two eggs a day journey I lost over 20 pounds in 90 days. What I learned During those 90 days I read a lot. I got advice from our Registered Dietitian, Debbie Campbell. I found a lot of new data supports that food sources for nutrients are much better than vitamins and supplements. I confirmed that for me at least, processed sugar and starches not only made me feel lousy and lethargic, but also made me fat and bloated. This helped me learn that all calories are not equal. I felt better when Read More >