Health Watch - Nutrition Month: Eggs for New Moms

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This week on Health Watch, we’re offering some nutrition tips in recognition of National Nutrition Month. Expecting and breast-feeding mothers have to be especially diligent about eating well. They need to eat high-quality calories, and nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center have a suggestion: eggs.

Eggs are a good source of folate, iron and high-quality protein. Cindy Cunningham, a clinical nutritionist at UT Southwestern, says eggs also contain choline, which could lower the risk for heart disease, in addition to reducing the risk for birth defects and aiding infant brain development. Pregnant women need at least 450 milligrams of choline a day, and breastfeeding women need at least 550 milligrams. Two eggs provide about 250 milligrams. Eggs need to be cooked thoroughly to avoid salmonella. The choline is in the yolk, so eating egg whites doesn’t offer the same benefits.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.

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March 2009


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