Thursday, August 23, 2012

Two Eggs for Breakfast, Two Eggs for Lunch

Egg yolks are an excellent source of lutein. Even though the amount of lutein in eggs is less than that in leafy greens, the body absorbs the lutein in egg yolks more efficiently.  Research is now showing egg consumption is beneficial in the prevention of macular degeneration without negatively affecting lipid and cholesterol serum levels.

A simple way to add eggs to your diet is to eat 2 eggs for breakfast one day and 2 eggs for lunch another.

Choose eggs that are enriched with omega-3 fatty acids and consume the yolk.

Wenzel, AJ, Gerweck C, Barbato D, et al. A 12-wk egg intervention increases serum zeaxanthin and macular pigment optical density in women.  J Nutr 2006; 136: 2568-2573.
Goodrow EF, Wison TA, Houde SC, et al. Consumption of one egg per day increases serum lutein and zeaxanthin concentrations in older adults without altering serum lipid and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations. J Nutr 2006; 136: 2519-2524

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