Eggs are “egg-celent” in the health department, providing lots of protein especially and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Eggs really are all they’re cracked up to be and more.
Ever wonder why athletes and bodybuilders drink raw eggs for breakfast? Read on to find out, as well as why eggs are one of the best breakfast foods you can eat.
Inside the Egg
The chicken egg amazingly provides all 20 essential amino acids, as well as lots of protein, choline, riboflavin, and vitamin B12. Other vitamins and minerals include vitamin A, thiamine, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Eggs do contain lots of cholesterol, water and fat, as well as a small amount of carbohydrates and calories.
What’s So Great About Eggs?
- The choline content in eggs, which the majority of Americans are deficient in, aids in brain development and neurological function. In fact, diets deficient in this nutrient may also create deficiency in folate, the vitamin that protects unborn babies from neurological defects and faulty brain development. So as you can see, these two nutrients are closely related and both can be acquired by eating eggs.
- Furthermore, studies show that choline helps to reduce inflammation and homocysteine levels. As a result, eating eggs (particularly their yolks) can ease joint flare-ups and swelling in certain inflammatory conditions like arthritis since egg yolks are one of the highest food sources of choline known to man. Choline’s ability to reduce homocysteine levels protects the heart and strengthens arteries.
- Studies show that regularly eating eggs for breakfast can increase your weight loss, trim your waistline and boost your energy level significantly. It’s no wonder more people eat eggs with their breakfast than any other food.
- Contrary to popular belief, despite eggs’ high cholesterol content, eating one or two eggs daily will not cause heart disease, due to the fact that cholesterol levels increase as a result of saturated fat rather than dietary cholesterol. Eggs are very low in saturated fat and may actually improve cholesterol levels over time, so you have nothing to fear. Egg yolks also contain proteins that work to prevent blood clots and plaque buildup in the blood, so the heart can function as it should.
- Studies also show that eggs are richer in lutein than any other food, including spinach. This carotenoid defends against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts so your eyes are well protected as you age.
Are Raw Eggs OK?
Athletes and bodybuilders everywhere have downed their share of raw eggs, which was probably fueled by seeing the legendary character, Rocky Balboa do it in his boxing training routines. Eating raw eggs has long been believed to bulk up muscles and build physical stamina and strength. When you think about it, eggs do contain a lot of protein; so it seems only logical that if protein shakes are so popular now for bodybuilding and strength training, then raw eggs must work the same way.
Drinking raw eggs just make you look tough, since the taste must be horrible and the consistency, no doubt, makes them difficult to swallow. They also save you the hassle of having to cook when you’re in a rush, so we get it. However, eating raw eggs poses a great health risk. You can develop salmonella poisoning and, with habit, develop a deficiency in vitamin H, or biotin. The truth is that eating cooked eggs is better for you, so enough already with the raw egg concoctions.