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An Egg-cellent Addition to a Vegan Diet >

On 10.21.2016 by Chantel Arsenault

Vegetarians come in many varieties. Some incorporate dairy and eggs into their diets. Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy. Vegans, on the other hand, typically follow a plant-based diet that excludes all animal products. But egg-eating vegans? For some, eggs are an important addition to a stricter vegan diet. In fact, CNN recently reported that more and more vegans are eating eggs to help round out their diets with essential nutrients. Eggs and nutrition According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, diets that do not include eggs, fish, or a whole lot of algae are typically low in needed omega-3 fatty acids. Vegetarian diets also have a lower availability of iron, and can sometimes lack vitamins D and B-12. Davidson’s Safest Choice® pasteurized eggs Read More >

Stay Fuller Longer with Eggs and Other Satiety-Boosting Foods >

On 04.20.2016 by Molly Bray Yunek

The primary purpose of food is to satisfy hunger, provide energy, and supply our bodies with essential nutrients. Although we also choose what we eat based on taste and personal preferences, it is important to have a strong foundation of satiety-boosting and nutrient packed foods in our daily diets. What is a satiety-boosting food? Satiety-boosting foods are ones that are rich in fiber, healthy fats, and protein. They are digested slower, thus keeping us fuller for longer. On the other hand, foods high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and sugar-sweetened beverages, offer very little satiety and often lead to overeating. To build your foundation of satiety-boosting foods, check out these super-filling options. Pulses, avocados, and nuts increase satiety Pulses—also known as beans—are a Read More >

National Nutrition Month® – Making the Most of Breakfast >

On 03.03.2016 by Molly Bray Yunek

March is National Nutrition Month®, which makes this a perfect time to review some of the best recommendations for achieving a healthy diet. There is a lot of confusing and conflicting information when it comes to improving our eating habits. With new diet trends that focus on a “free-from” platform, it may seem that eating healthy is becoming increasingly complicated. We are being told to select foods that are free-from gluten and free-from dairy. There are dozens of other elements misleadingly being labeled as dangerous for our health. U.S. adults not getting enough fruits and veggies Let us take this opportunity during National Nutrition Month® to step back and practice the fundamentals of healthy eating. Before we remove anything from our diet, let’s start with Read More >

Dietary Cholesterol: the Good vs. the Myth >

On 02.24.2016 by Chantel Arsenault

For many years, dietary cholesterol has been getting a bad rap. Previously blamed as a main factor in increasing LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol in the body, US Dietary Guidelines as recently as 2010 encouraged individuals to avoid foods high in cholesterol, such as egg yolks, butter, meats, etc. However, today, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognize that dietary cholesterol does not have the impact on blood cholesterol that was previously believed. What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that aids in digestion, hormone production, and vitamin D production. Your body produces some cholesterol on its own, but it can also be found in foods originating from animals, e.g., meat, dairy, and eggs. With cholesterol, you aren’t what you eat As information about nutrition Read More >

Breakfast and Blood Glucose Control >

On 12.11.2015 by Molly Bray Yunek

If you are one of the 30 million Americans who skip breakfast you may be putting yourself at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Eating the most important meal of the day may be one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from developing a disease that is expected to affect nearly 40% of Americans during their lifetimes. Several studies suggest that a daily breakfast can significantly decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes and improve overall blood sugar control for individuals with the disease. Skipping breakfast leads to higher blood sugar One study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed more than 29,000 men to examine patterns between eating habits and type 2 diabetes. Over the 16-year study, Read More >

Eggs: A Crucial Ingredient for Gluten-Free Baking >

On 10.21.2015 by Chantel Arsenault

If you are among the one in five Americans aiming to eat gluten-free, perhaps you’ve dabbled in gluten-free baking. You may already know it can be challenging to replicate the texture and pleasure of traditional baked goods when you eliminate gluten from your baking recipes. The egg, a naturally gluten-free ingredient, can be a gluten-free lifesaver in your kitchen. Here’s why: gluten is a protein. In the words of the American Egg Board, gluten “entraps and holds air bubbles. A leavening agent causes the gluten network to expand; the heat causes the bubbles to rise, and then the structure sets, forming a combination of expansion, elasticity and rigidity.” Egg protein complements gluten-free flour Depending on the variety, gluten levels in traditional wheat flours vary from 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 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 >

Egg Nutrition >

On 08.15.2013 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

6 Things You Might Not Know About Egg Nutrition Nutrition is on nearly everyone’s mind these days. Every stage of life defines unique nutrient needs, and nearly every aspect of nutrition has been linked to health and wellness. Whatever your personal nutrition goals may be, here are some little-known egg nutrition facts you can put to work. How many have you heard? Egg nutrition nugget #1: The choline in eggs is good for your memory. Egg yolks are rich in a nutrient you won’t see listed on the nutrition facts label—choline. At 126 mg per large egg yolk, eggs provide this key to nutrition that is crucial for the young and old. During pregnancy, two eggs provide more than half the recommended daily choline intake Read More >