Weekly Food for Thought with why eggs are healthy for your diet, "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys" by Lucinda Scala Quinn and more.

When it comes to eggs, dietary cholesterol and heart health, what you think you know may be a bit scrambled.


According to USDA data, one large egg is 14 percent lower in cholesterol than previously recorded, down from 212 milligrams to 185 milligrams, and is also 64 percent higher in vitamin D, with 41 IU per large egg. Moreover, one large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein and 13 essential nutrients for 70 calories.


"Eating a balanced breakfast with high-quality protein foods like eggs, along with other nutrient-rich foods like fruit and whole grains, is the best way to start the day. Unlike sugary foods, eggs have no simple sugars and contain no carbs, providing steady and sustained energy," says Neva Cochran, registered dietitian, nutrition writer and researcher for Woman's World Magazine.


Cochran also points out that at an average of 15 cents a piece, eggs are an affordable, versatile, nutritious powerhouse that contribute to a healthy diet in many ways:


* Breakfast boosters: Research shows that eating high-quality protein foods for breakfast can help increase satiety, maintain long-lasting energy and improve cognitive skills like memory recall time.


* Sunshine supplement: Eggs are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of vitamin D –– one egg provides at least 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping to form and maintain strong bones.


-- ARA


Tip of the Week: Wash reusable grocery bags


Reusable grocery bags and totes are becoming popular as a way to reduce waste in the environment. But these bags can easily pick up bacteria from raw foods, which can easily contaminate produce and other ready-to-eat foods. If you use reusable grocery bags, remember to wash them in hot water frequently. Clean all areas where you set the totes, and store them in a clean, dry location –– not the trunk of a vehicle.


-- EatRight.org


Easy recipe: Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burrito


1 flour tortilla (6-inch)


1 egg


1 tablespoon shredded Mexican cheese blend


1 tablespoon salsa


Line 2-cup microwave-safe cereal bowl with microwave-safe paper towel. Press tortilla into bowl. Break egg into center of tortilla. Beat egg gently with a fork until blended, being careful not to tear tortilla.


Microwave on high 30 seconds; stir. Microwave until egg is almost set, 15 to 30 seconds longer. Remove tortilla with paper towel liner from bowl to flat surface. Top egg with cheese and salsa. Fold bottom of tortilla over egg, then fold in sides.


-- ARA


Did You Know?


You can reduce the sodium in canned beans by about 40 percent if you drain and rinse them. -- EatRight.org


Food Quiz


Which of these terms indicates the finest cut?


A. julienned


B. chopped


C. minced


D. diced


-- funtrivia.com


Answer is at bottom of column


Wise to the Word: Focaccia


[foh-KAH-chee-ah] This Italian bread begins by being shaped into a large, flat round that is liberally brushed or drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Slits cut into the dough's surface may be stuffed with fresh rosemary before the bread is baked. Focaccia can be eaten as a snack, or served as an accompaniment to soups or salads.


-- epicurious.com


Number to Know


210: One grande Tazo Tea chai latte with non-fat milk is 210 calories.


 -- calorieking.com


The Dish On …


"Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys" by Lucinda Scala Quinn


Four hungry brothers. Three ravenous sons. A husband who loves to eat. Lucinda Scala Quinn has spent much of her life feeding the men and boys in her life and teaching them how to feed themselves. Now Scala Quinn –– chef, television personality and Martha Stewart Omnimedia's resident food guru –– shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. Along with her cooking techniques, she muses about life in a predominantly male household and provides empowering advice to feed guys' spirits as well as fill their bellies.


-- Artisan


From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Brewers around the country


Founders Brewing Company in Michigan will release its first new year-round beer in six years, the All Day IPA, which is a 4.7-percent-ABV India pale ale. Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Companyhas released its Bohemian pilsner called Nomad, and it will debut a new but still unnamed doppelbock in June. Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company from Maine is renaming its 21 IPA to Maine’s Best IPA. The beer originally was released as an anniversary beer in 2009, but it became so popular, the brewery decided to keep it as a full-time beer.


To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut/.


Food Quiz Answer


C. minced


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