Gluten-Free Solutions Begin with REAL Eggs

Time and again, egg products have proven their versatility and multi-functionality in both regular and specialty foods, no more so than in gluten-free formulations, a growing product category that serves people with celiac disease.

The celiac consumer is more educated than your average consumer in terms of reading labels. They have had to deal with so much in their bodies they are aware of product sourcing and ingredient lists far more than your average consumer.

Protein from egg products performs superbly in gluten-free formulations. Egg protein is easily digestible and provides essential functional and nutritional properties helping food formulators develop products for those with a low tolerance for gluten. Eggs maintain the profile, structure and taste of gluten-free foods while helping to develop a clean label.

For information about health and nutrition topics, visit the Egg Nutrition Center at EggNutritionCenter.org

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What's Old is New Again - There's Comfort in Eggs

Comfort foods are part of a larger trend that sees Americans returning to the basics. They're eating at home more. The web site Allrecipes.com conducted its Annual Food Trend Forecast at the end of 2008 and 80 percent of respondents said they plan to cook at home more in 2009 to help manage food budgets while 61 percent reported eating out less in 2008.

The Food Marketing Institute's U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2008 reports 71 percent of consumers polled say they're eating more leftovers.

The good news is that although consumers might be searching for ways to spend money more wisely, they are still stocking the pantry. Consumers still need prepared food solutions to make meal preparation easier. One answer for food formulators navigating the tricky waters of supplying comfort foods on a budget is using the egg as an ingredient.

Processors have reduced the functional difference between frozen liquid and dried eggs so preference today is dictated in terms of end-user requirements. Liquid eggs, for example, are especially convenient for the fast food industry as interest in hand-held breakfast sandwiches continues in popularity.

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Dried eggs offer prepared food manufacturers the advantages of shelf-stability and easier storage. Dried egg ingredients provide the functional and nutritional benefits without the added liquid some formulations don't require. For information about health and nutrition topics, visit the Egg Nutrition Center at www.enc-online.org 

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Egg-cellent Foods Egg-Cellent Protein

Consumers are looking for healthy alternatives. Can you help?

Energy boosting foods are in demand. An egg, nature's answer to the quest for a near-perfect protein, is also your answer to the quest for a highly available, highly functional protein ingredient. Just look at the facts:

  • Eggs contain the most easily digestible, most readily available protein compared to any other type.
  • Eggs are used as the standard for measuring the protein quality of other ingredients.
  • Processed eggs contribute the same high-quality protein as fresh.
Eggs Can Do That Too  

Few food ingredients are as “pure & simple” as egg products, which “are recognized by product developers as bringing more to product formulations with less,” according to Elisa Maloberti, director of egg product marketing, American Egg Board, Park Ridge, IL. “In fact, with 20-plus functions, some might say egg products are anything but simple. But the truth is, egg products are uniquely pure and simple.”

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According to Datamonitor, New York, labeling terms such as “natural” and “organic” are no longer as powerful as they once were as a result of their prevalence in the industry. The new approach to convey “better for you” is to take a machete to ingredient lists, replacing those that sound more at home in a chemistry lab with simple ingredients that consumers recognize...real foods such as egg products.

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Eggs Have Nutrition for Everybody ... at Every Age

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Eggs Deliver Necessary Nutrition

As a natural source of many vitamins and minerals, eggs have something for everyone and can be a valuable asset in the development of food products to meet consumer needs.

Eggs are a naturally nutrient-dense food, containing varying amounts of 13 essential nutrients. In particular, they are an 'excellent' source of choline and selenium, and a 'good' source of high-quality protein, vitamin B12, phosphorus and riboflavin.

These nutrients are important to the entire population with select nutrients attractive to specific demographics. For example, the high-quality protein in eggs helps kids grow and gives them energy to stay focused. Eggs are an excellent source of choline, a nutrient making headlines regarding its role in fetal brain development. For active adults, egg protein builds muscle, provides sustained energy and satisfies hunger longer. Eggs help aging Baby Boomers optimize muscle function and help prevent sarcopenia, or loss of lean muscle tissue.

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Depending on consumer concerns or preferences, such as convenience, nutrition or taste, formulators can meet consumer demands by delivering new food products based on egg ingredients.

For information about health and nutrition topics, visit the Egg Nutrition Center at www.enc-online.org

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Accept No Substitues

Eggs possess unique nutritional properties and contribute desirable functional attributes unequaled by any single egg alternative. Eggs also contribute a clean, natural image to help create a consumer-friendly ingredient statement for packaged or prepared foods. Eggs possess unique nutritional properties and contribute desirable functional attributes unequaled by any single egg alternative.

New research supports a hypothesis that eggs require more than a simple 1:1 substitution with an egg alternative to acquire similar ingredient functionality in many prepared foods. Eggs also contribute a clean, natural image to help create a consumer-friendly ingredient statement for packaged or prepared foods. Egg products are available liquid, frozen or dried for the convenience of the food formulator. Regardless of form, the egg's nutritional and functional qualities remain intact. When properly stored, egg products will maintain a stable shelf life for months. For information about health and nutrition topics, visit the Egg Nutrition Center at www.enc-online.org.

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Product Spotlight

The "Creamy" Incredible Edible Egg

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Unilever Ice Cream Company's Ben & Jerry's brand has built a reputation on marketing the finest quality, all-natural ice cream. The company's products are made with only wholesome, natural ingredients. (Egg products fall into this category.) The company also strives to be innovators in the freezer case.

With that said, Ben & Jerry's has taken two of its most popular pint ice cream flavors and converted them into a frozen novelty.

"The Cone" comes in two varieties. Cherry Garcia® is a unique waffle cone filled with cherry ice cream packed with sweet dark cherries. It is topped with fudge chunks. The ice cream achieves its richness from the egg yolks it contains.

The Cookie Dough variety starts with the same unique waffle cone. However, this cone is filled with vanilla ice cream (made with yolks) that is swirled with cookie dough and fudge chunks. The whole cone is topped with fudge chunks. Guess what one of the secret ingredients keeping the cookie dough swirl free of ice crystals is? You guessed it: Eggs!

Sodium reduction

Egg products are naturally low in sodium and possess multifunctional components for foaming, binding and emulsifying, and other functions.

Clean labels are dependent upon the ingredients. Egg products offer a clean label option and can help maintain product integrity and stability in a reduced sodium formulation. Egg products are capable of binding other ingredients, providing structure and stability and assisting with moisture migration while not conflicting with flavors of other ingredients. In fact, eggs have functional properties that do the job of many additives, yet naturally. Today's consumers, better educated and more label savvy, are avoiding additives and seeking more natural food alternatives.

Custom blended egg products that include carbohydrates, gum, starches, sugar, and low levels of salt are available to meet manufacturers' specifications and improve functional performance.

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Egg products make so many food formulations great or better. The functional profile egg products provide is worth investigating to mine the possibilities for all the value they can provide to sodium reduced and other formulations.

For information about health and nutrition topics, visit the Egg Nutrition Center at www.enc-online.org

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The Secret's Out of the Shell

The functional properties of egg ingredients are well documented and applauded in an industry where the combination of function, nutrition and natural is a rarity. Egg ingredients score a triple play on these three attributes, but hit it out of the park when you add to this mixture the fact that egg ingredients are sourced domestically and priced competitively.

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The egg is one of the few natural sources of vitamin D in addition to host of other vitamins and minerals. The yolk provides the majority of the vitamins and minerals found in an egg, including most of the choline and vitamin B12, and approximately 40 percent of the protein. One large egg, or its equivalent within the further processed egg ingredient category, provides 6 grams of highly digestible protein.

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Find True Satisfaction

Eggs possess unique nutritional properties and contribute desirable functional attributes unequaled by any single egg alternative. Eggs also contribute a clean, natural image to help create a consumer -friendly ingredient statement for packaged or prepared foods.

Researchers discovered that compared to a bagel-based breakfast of equal weight, the egg breakfast induced greater satiety and significantly reduced the participants' food intake for the rest of the day.

Eggs have an impressive macronutrient composition to contribute to their satiety impact. A registered dietitian and culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York called eggs a ‘nutritional powerhouse.' And no wonder, eggs provide some of the highest quality protein of any food, as well as being one of the few nondairy sources of vitamin D.

For more on the story of egg proteins, independent scientific studies and highlights of the egg's amazing functional properties download the pdf titled: Find True Satisfaction.

For information about health and nutrition topics, visit the Egg Nutrition Center at www.enc-online.org

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Product Spotlight

On-the-go Breakfast

On-the-Go BiscuitsOur lives may be more hectic than ever before, but one thing has not changed: breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. And to many Americans, nothing says breakfast as well as eggs.

Nestlé USA is making it easier for consumers to start their day off right with the roll out of Hot Pockets® brand Biscuits. These quick, portable and utensil-free sandwiches feature a tender, fluffy biscuit crust filled with savory meats (bacon or sausage), scrambled eggs and cheese with sauce. It's the perfect hearty on-the-go breakfast item for parents and kids alike. They are ready in just 2 minutes from the microwave.

A healthy breakfast refuels one's body and jump-starts the day. Every student should have a complete, nutritious breakfast to get their day off to a great start. They will be more alert in school, have improved self-esteem, have enhanced cognitive skills, and will just feel all-around better. Reports indicate that millions of children are skipping breakfast. Many who do eat breakfast are eating the wrong foods to start a productive day (sweets and/or processed foods).

Food formulators can assist with turning this poor habit around by formulating delicious, high-protein, nutritious breakfast foods using egg products. Research shows that those who consume high-protein breakfasts crave fewer snacks during the day. Rise and shine to egg products!

The superheroes of comic books and movies have powers that elevate them beyond the ordinary. Yet in public, they often masked these talents to appear ordinary. Sometimes too, in the food world, the greatest collection of attributes is found in the most ordinary item. Yet within that mild-looking, shelled exterior lies a powerhouse of nutrition and functionality that transfers these super attributes into formulations.

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Eggs are considered a naturally nutrient-dense food, containing varying amounts of 13 essential nutrients in a package with a relatively low number of calories: just 70 for a large 50 gram egg. Eggs are one of the few natural sources of vitamin D and provide an excellent source of choline and selenium and a good source of vitamin B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. One large egg, or its equivalent in the further processed category, provides 6 grams of highly digestible protein, constituting eggs as a 'good' source of high-quality protein.

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Healthy Senior Diet

Every day, 11,000 baby boomers turn 50, and many thousands more are reaching retirement age. However, this generation anticipates experiencing a different style of retirement than their parents before them.

Baby boomers are more concerned with health and vitality than any other generation. Many have ignored good health messages for years, hoping that science and medicine were the quick fix. Today more boomers are more concerned with attaining their goals of “adopting a healthy lifestyle.”

In the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers determined that not only did eggs lend a greater sense of satiety than a more carbohydrate-laden breakfast with a similar calorie count, but that calorie intake following the egg breakfast remained lower, not just for the rest of the day, but for the next 36 hours.

The researchers findings that blood lipids were not impacted during the two-month study, added to the body of research that concludes that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease.

Senior Diet Promotion

Versatility, portability, health and vitality—terms that describe the lifestyle baby boomers wish to, and can achieve, given the right foods. Manufacturers simply need to turn to the right ingredients, such as eggs, to help this important market segment reach their goals.

For information about health and nutrition topics, visit the Egg Nutrition Center at www.enc-online.org

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