If you’re looking for a way to add additional sources of muscle building protein to your diet without having to choke down more chicken breast, ground beef or whey protein powder, then egg white protein may be a good choice. While egg protein has been a staple of a well balanced muscle building diet for decades. For some strange reason, it seems that egg protein has fallen out of favor in the bodybuilding community over the past 5 – 10 years. Kind of strange when you begin to look at the benefits of consuming egg whites, whole eggs and egg protein powders.
Is Egg White Protein High Quality?
Egg protein is definitely one of the most (and quite possibly the most) complete sources of muscle building protein. Containing at least 8 different types of protein, you’d be hard pressed to find any other naturally occurring form of protein that even comes close to the protein spectrum of eggs. To give you an idea of just how high the quality of protein found in eggs is, when every other form of dietary protein is analyzed in a laboratory for protein quality, it’s measured against the protein profile found in egg whites!
Aside form simply containing ample doses of muscle building protein, whole eggs and egg whites are an excellent source of vitamins including: vitamin E, vitamin K and vitamin A. As well as various B vitamins such as vitamin B12, riboflavin and folic acid.
Eggs also contain all eight essential amino acids which are essential to the rest and recovery process following intense muscle building workouts. With high doses of muscle building protein being a top priority for anyone who wants to gain muscle mass, egg white protein and egg protein in general, may very well be one of the most complete and versatile foods around.
Why I Like Whole Egg And Egg White Protein
While there are lot of choices these days for both high quality whole food protein sources and supplemental proteins, I always think that it’s a good idea to at least try to include as many different types of protein into your diet as you can. As far as whole eggs go, not only are they nutritious and easy to cook, but they taste great! Even when I’m in a cutting phase of a bodybuilding program, I always try to mix in some eggs in the form of omelets, scrambled eggs mixed with smoked salmon or good old fashioned fried or poached eggs.
When it comes to separated egg whites, I absolutely love them because they are an extremely low calorie source of protein that is versatile to cook with. Egg whites can be mixed into oatmeal, whipped into omelets, hard boiled and incorporated into thousands of dishes easily. If I’m ever in a situation where I need to cut calories but increase protein, egg whites are always my first choice.
What About Egg Protein Powders?
Egg protein powders are a great way to mix in the full spectrum of proteins found in eggs without the hassle of actually having to prepare them beyond mixing them into a shake. Keep in mind that supplemental forms of protein can never live up to the nutritional value of whole food sources simply because they have been processed and refined into a powder.
That said, it’s awfully hard to find a more convenient way to get in some extra protein throughout the day. If you’re one of those people who just doesn’t like to eat eggs or mess around with the inconvenience of separating your egg whites each day, then egg white protein powders may be a good choice for you. I personally like to use egg protein powders whenever I’m traveling or get too busy to prepare my meals. Whey protein and egg protein powders can be a lifesaver whenever you start to slip off of your muscle building diet.
If you’re trying to piece together an effective bodybuilding nutrition strategy and you understand the importance of incorporating multiple sources of whole food and supplemental protein into your diet, then whole eggs, egg whites and egg protein powders should get some serious consideration. Not only are they delicious and easy to prepare, but their affordable and contain the “gold standard” of naturally occurring protein quality!