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If you’ve read about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recently, you know there’s good news when it comes to eating eggs – no limit to daily cholesterol. A recommendation that’s consistent with groups like the American Heart Association and other countries around the world.
According to the results of the Guidelines, eggs are affordable, accessible, nutrient-rich sources of high-quality protein that can help Americans build healthful diets. In fact, the guidelines provided three recommended dietary patterns to follow, each of which includes eggs: Healthy American, Vegetarian, and Mediterranean Diets Here’s a look at each one and the role that eggs can play within them:
Mediterranean Diet: Heavier on protein and veggies, eggs mix well with plenty of dishes. A frittata loaded with spinach, broccoli and peppers is a great way to get in a serving of vegetables and high-quality protein to start the morning. A dish like Shashuka, with origins from the Mediterranean, can make a simple and filling dinner.
Healthy American: This diet consists mostly of fruits and vegetables along with dairy, grain and protein. Fit in a serving of colorful vegetables and protein with our Broccoli Quiche in Colorful Peppers .
Vegetarian: A recent survey conducted by the Egg Nutrition Center suggests 82 percent of consumers may not think eggs are part of a plant-based diet.[i] However, “plant-based” doesn’t mean only plants. It can include protein sources like eggs, too. We have plenty of options to mix up your vegetarian diet, check out our Meatless Collection for inspiration.
What meal plans do you follow, and what’s your favorite egg dish? Post in comments below!
[i] Google Survey conducted online for the Egg Nutrition Center. Survey. Surveyed 1,500 general population respondents in November 2015. Overall sampling error is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence.