Monday, February 16, 2009

Eat eggs

Egg Protein as a Source of Power, Strength, and Energy

Ok, I know that one was funded by the National Egg board or whatever but it is worth a read.

New research shows high-quality protein in eggs contributes to power, strength and energy

The Nutrition Today review analyzes more than 25 protein studies and concludes that the all-natural, high-quality protein in eggs contributes to strength, power and energy in the following ways:

  • Sustained energy: The protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy because it does not cause a surge in blood sugar or insulin levels, which can lead to a rebound effect or energy "crash" as levels drop. Eggs are a nutrient-rich source of high-quality protein and provide several B vitamins required for the production of energy in the body, such as thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12 and B6.
  • Muscle strength: Dietary protein intake directly influences muscle mass, strength and function in people of all ages. One egg provides more than six grams of high-quality protein (13 percent of the Daily Value), which can help individuals build and preserve muscle mass, and help older adults prevent muscle loss. Eggs are also rich in leucine, an essential amino acid that contributes to the muscle's ability to use energy and aids in post-exercise muscle recovery.
  • Gold-standard protein: The high-quality protein in eggs provides all of the essential amino acids our bodies need to build and maintain muscle mass. In fact, the quality of egg protein is so high that scientists frequently use eggs as the standard for evaluating the protein quality of other foods.(5)


Gijs Nijholt said...

What are the downsides of eating eggs? Especially when eating 4-8 eggs a day?

Petro said...


Seriously though, assuming you're cooking them in a healthy fashion the only criticism I'd have is that "we" seem to do "better" when we have variety in our diets, at least over time.

If you have that variety otherwise you're probably fine.

I'm in Baghdad with Centcom, and even the variety of food here is lacking for me, and you could legitimately go 2-3 weeks and never eat the same entre twice. Of course it's the same raw veges at every meal. I was never able to eat the same thing for lunch every day for more than a couple weeks. Got too dang repetitive.

Brett said...

Actually, I don't need a wide variety of foods, and I often thought if I were to survive on one food along, what would it be? Eggs was high on the list.