Fat and carbohydrate regularly made headlines during the past decade for everything from double bond configuration to digestibility. Protein, on the other hand, was seldom in the spotlight, as the previous consensus has been that Americans consume plenty essential amino acids — the building blocks of protein. Protein’s time has come, and consumers are taking note of the many powers of protein and how they vary by source.
According to the recently released 2009 Food & Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes toward Food, Nutrition, & Health, conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, Washington, D.C., very few consumers believe protein is to blame for weight gain. When asked about the relationship between the source of calories and weight gain, 30% of Americans correctly identify that “calories, in general, are most likely to cause weight gain.”
In an IFIC survey, consumers were asked on an aided basis whether they are aware of certain food components and their associated health benefits. Eighty-three percent were aware of a relationship between protein and maintaining optimal health, while an impressive 80% knew that protein consumption was related to weight management and that protein provides a feeling of fullness.
Prepared foods can be formulated with satisfying egg products. Egg products come in a variety of forms and complement all types of food applications. Eggs products include whole eggs, whites, yolks and various blends with or without non-egg ingredients included to provide greater functionality. These further-processed eggs come in liquid, frozen and dried forms for convenience, ease in handling and storage.
"While many Americans may be getting enough protein, they need to focus on consuming sources of higher-quality protein,” says Donald Layman, Ph.D., co-author of the research review and director of nutrition research, Egg Nutrition Center, Park Ridge, Illinois. “Our review of the science suggests that eggs [and egg products] are an ideal protein choice.”
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