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Salmonella and Food Safety

Food safety is an important part of your health routine, especially beyond age 55. Here's why:

  • Nutrition factors, medications, and the natural aging process can weaken the immune system.
  • A slower digestive system means bacteria such as Salmonella spend more time there.
  • Changes in the sense of smell and taste may make it easier to accidentally eat spoiled food. (However, not all dangerous food smells or tastes spoiled.)
  • Compared with their younger family members—older Americans are 10 to 100 times more likely to get a foodborne illness.

Safest Choice™ Eggs, pasteurized to eliminate the risk of Salmonella, can help you stay healthy. You can use Safest Choice™ pasteurized eggs for convenient, economical egg meals like sunny-side up eggs, omelets, quiche, or French toast. And, use them for any dish that calls for raw or undercooked eggs, like eggnog, Caesar salad dressing, or even raw cookie dough. With eggs being the most common cause of Salmonella enteritidis illness, this simple choice can go a long way in your personal wellness plan.

Egg Nutrition for the Golden Years

You’ll find Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs a powerhouse of nutrition, too. Take a look:

Eye Health: Eggs provide one of the best sources of antioxidants that can help prevent age-related eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. They’re rich in lutein and zeaxanthin. The American Optometric Association says, “Nutrition is one promising means of protecting the eyes from these diseases.” So, enjoy your eggs!

Healthy Weight: Nutrition research shows that including eggs in your breakfast can help you feel full—and actually help you reduce your calorie intake for the whole day. Nutrition researchers say that eating eggs at breakfast helps you eat less as the day goes on. That’s great for a healthy weight!

Healthy Brain: Keeping your mind sharp is easier with good nutrition. Nutrients in eggs—like protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and choline—can help protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Choose your foods wisely, and remember that regular eating (like breakfast!) helps people of all ages maintain energy and concentration throughout the day.

Diabetes Wellness: Eggs are a perfect complement to a healthy meal plan. Nutrition researchers have discovered that eating eggs in the morning helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels under control all day long. For those who take medicines for diabetes, eating regularly is also important to prevent low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Heart Health: There’s good news about cholesterol in eggs. The USDA recently announced that eggs are lower in cholesterol than we thought—186 mg per egg. The American Heart Association has dropped a specific recommendation on the number of egg yolks to eat in a week. As part of a heart-healthy eating plan, eggs—low in total fat and saturated fat, and trans-fat free—deliver great nutrition!

At just 70 calories each, Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs pack in the nutrition. So, rev up the comfort food. It’s time to enjoy your favorite egg meals—with the confidence of food safety!

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