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Nutrition





A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that healthy individuals can eat as much as an egg a day as part of a well-balanced diet. Research continues to show that foods such as eggs have little or no effect on most people’s blood cholesterol levels. For more information on the many nutritional benefits of eggs, visit www.eggs.ca



Eggs Contain Lutein


Research shows that lutein may be important in the maintaining healthy eyesight. The fact that lutein is found in eggs is just one of the many reasons to consider eggs a nutritious and delicious part of a well-balanced diet.



Egg Protein Tops The Chart


Did you know that egg protein is used as the standard for measuring other protein foods? That’s because eggs provide some of the best quality protein available. The average egg contains 6 grams of protein, but only 71 calories and 5 grams of fat. That’s great news for egg lovers, because eggs are a nutritious and delicious meat alternative for any meal.



High-Density Nutrition


Eggs are unique in that they contain almost every nutrient known to be essential to humans. The egg white consists mainly of high-quality protein. In fact, the protein in an egg is so ideal that it has been used for years as the standard against which other protein foods are judged. Protein is the basic material of life. We need it for building and repairing body tissues and producing antibodies which fight off infection. Without dietary protein, growth and all bodily functions would not take place. The egg yolk provides many vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, D, E, B12, riboflavin, folic acid, iron, zinc and phosphorus. These nutrients have many functions including such things as promoting good vision, maintaining healthy skin, improving resistance to infection, building healthy red blood cells and maintaining the central nervous system – to name only a few! The yolk also contains cholesterol, but according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, “most people can eat eggs in moderation without any harmful increase in blood cholesterols”.

Eggs are the perfect fast, yet nutritious, food. They provide quick, easy meals and tasty snacks in minutes. Eggs satisfy the needs of busy Canadians.



Your baby can now eat the whole egg at 6 months!


Health Canada has released new infant feeding guidelines suggesting iron-rich foods as first foods for your baby at six months, including the whole egg. Iron-rich foods are needed to meet nutrient and growth requirements at this age. Health Canada also says that there is no longer a need to delay or avoid potentially allergic foods for the prevention of a food allergy.

Add cooked eggs to your babies diet gradually, starting with 1½ tsp (7 mL). Hard cook the egg, then mash and mix with a little breast milk, infant formula or water. Don't add any salt, sugar, butter or margarine to the egg yolk. Let your baby enjoy the natural flavours of single foods.