CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With all 50 states reporting occurrences of the flu this season, it seems the number of those affected is at an all-time high. And for those who have been lucky enough to "weather the storm," it is important to know we are not out of the woods yet, as flu activity often peaks in February. There are simple steps you can take to keep your immune system running at full steam including incorporating nutrient-packed foods into your diet.
Eggs are one of nature's super foods and Eggland's Best goes above and beyond by creating superior taste, nutrition and quality eggs. In fact, two Eggland's Best eggs supply 160 International Units of vitamin D, which is nearly half the suggested daily intake, and double the level in ordinary eggs. These eggs also contain double the amount of omega-3 fats, which are necessary for heart health and reducing inflammation in the body.
"A great way to ward off the flu and even the common cold is to keep your immune system healthy. This can be done by looking no further than your refrigerator," said registered dietitian and noted author Elizabeth Ward. "One of the best things you can eat are foods packed with high quality protein like Eggland's Best eggs. It's what I feed my family."
Be sure to stock your refrigerator with some of these other top flu-fighting foods:
Greek Yogurt: Yogurt's high protein content provides the body with the raw materials - amino acids - it needs to assemble the immune cells that fight off infection.
Edamame: Edamame is a good source of magnesium, iron, fiber, vitamin K and folate, which is important in the creation and growth of new cells, including immune cells.
Kiwi: Kiwi packs vitamin C, which isn't a cure for the common cold or the flu, but plays an important role in fighting off germs and shortening cold symptoms.
Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes get their bright orange hue from carotenoids, which act as powerful immune boosters in addition to lending color.
For more information on Eggland's Best eggs and tips from Elizabeth Ward, visit www.EgglandsBest.com.
About Eggland's Best Eggs
Eggland's Best is the No. 1 branded egg in the U.S. and is an excellent source of Vitamin D, E, and B12 and a good source of riboflavin. EB eggs have 25 percent less saturated fat and more than two times Omega-3 than ordinary eggs. Eggland's Best eggs are the recipients of many awards including the Gold Medal for superior taste, appearance and freshness from The American Masters of Taste; the Good Housekeeping Seal from Good Housekeeping Research Institute; one of the 25 Healthiest Foods for Women by Prevention Magazine (2010); one of the Best Packaged Foods by Prevention magazine (2012); a Progressive Grocer Editors' Pick (2012); a 2012 Category Captain by Progressive Grocer (2012); Best Grab-and-Go Breakfast Food by Health magazine (2011);one of the Top 125 Foods for Men in the Men's Health annual nutrition awards for eight consecutive years (2005-2012); "Best Egg" by Men's Health magazine on their list of Top 20 Organic Foods (2010); one of the top 125 Best Packaged Foods For Women according to Women's Health magazine for three years (2008, 2010, 2011); a top five "superfood" picks according to American Baby magazine (2010); and the National Health & Wellness Club Stamp of Approval for flavor, quality and nutrition.
The distinctive "EB" stamp on the shell assures consumers that the eggs meet the highest standards of taste, nutrition and quality. Eggland's Best hens are fed a strictly controlled, high-quality, all-natural, all-vegetarian diet without added hormones, antibiotics or steroids of any kind. EB eggs are available in large, extra large, jumbo, cage free, organic, hard-cooked, liquid egg whites, and are certified as Kosher. For more information, visit www.EgglandsBest.com.