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Seven Good Reasons to Eat Eggs in the Morning

Posted On: January 12th, 2012

Full of protein and essential vitamins, eggs are the perfect low cost, high quality meal.  With so many varieties of eggs, from white to brown, cage free to organic, and free range to omega-3, there are options for everyone.

According to a recent article on  www.lifehack.org, there are at least seven good reasons to eat eggs in the morning.

1. They keep you full.
The protein in eggs helps keep you satisfied longer by sustaining your energy levels.

2. They’re inexpensive.
Most large Grade A eggs cost around $2 per dozen.

3. They contribute to brain development and memory.
Eggs contain the nutrient choline, which stimulates brain development and function, and has been linked to increasing memory retention.

4. They won’t make your cholesterol worse.
Even though eggs contain a significant amount of cholesterol, it has been disproven that they’ll cause an increase in yours.

5. They’re a good source of protein.
Whole eggs are a good source of complete protein – meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids that we need in our diets.

6. They help with weight loss.
Two keys to losing weight are eating more protein and eating less food. Because of the protein level in eggs and the fact that they keep you satisfied longer, you’re more likely to stay on track if you’re trying to lose weight.

7. They protect your eyesight.
Eggs contain two antioxidants (leutin and zeaxanthin) that have been linked to protecting eyes from damage related to UV exposure. They have also been associated with reducing the likelihood of developing cataracts.

Group Health Serving Wilcox Cage-Free Eggs

Posted On: January 3rd, 2012

Group Health Commits to Cage-Free Eggs

Washington Association for Healthcare Foodservice tours Wilcox Family Farms

Group Health Cooperative’s Capitol Hill campus has made a commitment to using cage-free liquid and shell eggs. The hospital will be purchasing Wilcox liquid eggs and Davidson’s shell eggs. “We’ve used pasteurized shell eggs for years to avoid having to have a physician order to use shell eggs, and now Davidson’s pasteurized shell eggs are available as cage free so we’ve changed over,” says Mary Hanson, Manager of Nutrition Services.

Wilcox Farms is a Food Alliance-certified, 100-year old family farm located in Roy, Washington. Davidson’s is a national company based in Illinois. Their cage-free eggs are Certified Humane.

Group Health began purchasing the Washington-produced Wilcox cage-free liquid eggs when they became available through US Foods. “We made the change to Wilcox liquid eggs because they were a local producer.”

For the last two years, The Humane Society of the United States has sustained a massive effort asking hospitals and other major foodservice sectors to purchase cage-free eggs. In July 2011, the Humane Society of the United States and The United Egg Producers (the egg industry’s trade group) announced an historic agreement whereby both organizations will support—and work toward enactment of—federal legislation to improve the lives

of the 280 million hens used in the U.S. egg industry each year. Many thanks to the hospitals and businesses whose support made this possible!

Healthy Food in Health Care:  Washington’s Year in Review, December 2011