BLOG-Many people get excited over eggs around Easter time, from the decorating to the egg hunts. But there is a great reason to be giving those eggs extra attention all year round!
A publication from the nation's top nutrition experts has removed cholesterol limitations from the most current guidelines for healthy eating. While this news from Dietary Guidelines for Americans may come as celebration to egg-lovers everywhere, the new recommendation supports research that has been communicated by dietitians for over a decade.
The removal of dietary cholesterol restrictions allows healthy foods, such as eggs and seafood, to be highlighted for their nutritive value without uncertainty. In fact, eggs SHOULD be consumed for their heart-healthy nutrients. A trio of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin E is found inside every egg and can actually protect the heart from excess cholesterol that results in the blood after eating a diet high in saturated fat.
But remember that not all eggs have the same benefits. The longer an egg sits before it is consumed, the more vitamins and minerals are lost. This means that buying fresh and local eggs is the most effective way to ensure the quality of your eggs.
And that’s what you get at your neighborhood Stewart’s Shops, because they pick up their eggs from Thomas’ Poultry Farm in Schuylerville every day! That makes them the fresh and nutritious!
So be sure to stop into your local shop to pick up a fresh carton for a heart-healthy Easter brunch…after all there is no reason to hide your Easter eggs this year!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.