Eggs have often gotten a bad reputation and publicity because of their fat and cholesterol content. however, bodybuilders, professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts include eggs as part of their diet. If you are looking to improve your exercise and fitness regime, are you making the most of eggs and what they can offer? In the following article we will look at 4 good reasons to include those tasty yellow and white things in your day to day diet.
There is no denying that eggs are one of the best sources of protein. The protein found in eggs is not just any protein though, it’s high quality protein. Put it this way, of your RDA of protein, just one egg can provide you with 12%. In fact, such is the quality of protein found in eggs that the WHO uses it as a quality standard to which other foods are judged. As it is a complete protein it includes a number of powerful and important amino acids in high quantities such as tryptophan, lysine, cysteine, methionine, valine, isoeucine and leucine which help regenerate and repair muscles.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
CLA or conjugated linoleic acid is found in animal products. When chickens are raised organically and fed their natural diet, they produce eggs that contain extremely high levels of CLA. CLA has been discovered to have anti-tumour properties and can decrease the percentage of body fat that you have and regulate your glucose levels. All important if you are trying to attain a higher level of fitness.
Healthy For Your Heart Cholesterol
Much has said about cholesterol in eggs, whether it is British Lion Eggs or not. However, the fact is that many studies have shown that cholesterol in your diet, from food such as eggs, has very little, if any impact on your blood cholesterol levels.
In the studies that found cholesterol did increase, they found that it was actually HDL, otherwise known as good cholesterol.
Eggs, like fish, are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fats that are very good for our health. These include alpha linolenic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. These help the body reduce its inflammation levels and are important for maintaining good brain and heart health. There have also been some studies that show DHA can have a significant impact on the body’s fat burning abilities, by turning on genes that encourage this process while switching off the genes that encourage fat storage.
In addition to the above it is worth noting that eggs also contain a variety of other essential nutrients including choline, carotenoids, vitamins and minerals. As much as the egg white brigade would like you to believe that all the good stuff is found in the whites; the majority of these additional nutrients are actually found in the yolk, with the main exceptions being B3 niacin and B2 riboflavin. These nutrients all contain fats that are good for your brain and heart and help the body to build muscle and lose fat.