All about egg protein
The advantage of taking an egg white protein powder over whole eggs and whey protein is that it’s a good source of fat-free protein. Fresh liquid eggs and their yolk contain fats and carbohydrates, so is perfect for anyone looking for a low fat, easily digestible protein. It also contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as riboflavin, niacin, B-vitamins (energy), potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron (for optimal muscle growth and recovery), making it a holistic muscle building fuel. They are also the perfect protein for those who are lactose intolerant.
The benefits of egg protein powders
- Contains eight essential amino acids: high protein content
- Eggs are readily digested
- Lactose free source of protein
- Contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass
- Low in fat
Egg protein VS Whey Protein
When comparing different proteins, such as whey and egg, its important to consider the biological value, BV. The BV of a protein refers to its overall absorption and utilisation quality once consumed (basically, it's easily digested!). Whey protein is definitely the winner of any proteins but (liquid) egg whites follow closely behind. The BV of whey protein is 104 and the BV of egg protein is 100. The other types of proteins come nowhere near these top two players in regards to BV. Egg white protein powders (compared to liquid egg whites) score at 91.
You should know that egg white protein powder supplements contain virtually no sugars or fats. However, it is quite rare to find a 100% pure egg white protein since it is not soluble in its pure state. It is therefore necessary to add some natural emulsifiers.
Egg protein and strength training
In bodybuilders, egg white is used more than yellow. But for what reason? The answer is simple, because egg whites contain more protein. The majority of cholesterol and fats are almost entirely in the yolks. Due to this, egg yolk is of no interest to bodybuilding practitioners and people wishing to shred fat. But what the majority of them don't know is that the fats contained in the yolk are good fats to a large extent! Indeed, mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated represent 70% of total fats versus 30% saturated only. So what we sometimes forget is that in terms of quality, the whole egg protein is much larger than the white-only protein. The yolk and white do not have the same amino acid profile, therefore, bodybuilders should not be exclusively limited to egg white protein.