By: Cady May
The incredible egg can help! Not only does a single large egg contain six grams of high-quality protein, but it’s also chock-full of amino acids, unique antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals. Eggs are also cost-effective and versatile, making them an easy snack to help you recover from your workout.
Here are just a few reasons why you should add eggs to your post-workout meal!
Eggs Are a Complete Source of Protein
Did you know that the quality of protein found in an egg is so high that the World Health Organization actually uses it as a reference point against which the quality of protein found in other foods is judged? It’s true! In fact, just one egg can supply more than 12 percent of your recommended daily protein intake. Egg protein is classified as a complete protein because it includes a number of essential amino acids that are perfect for repairing and regenerating your muscles!
Eggs Contain Super Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered to be one of the “good” types of fat that contain essential fatty acids like ALA and DHA. They can help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, arthritis, and they play a critical role in helping the body reduce levels of inflammation. Further the DHA in omega-3s has been shown to activate genes that increase fat burning and deactivate genes that increase the storage of fat. Your body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, so you must consume foods that contain them. Today, most egg farmers will supplement their chickens’ diet with flaxseed and oils that contain omega-3s. These omega-3’s are passed onto the chicken’s eggs and ultimately onto your plate!
Eggs Contain Heart-Healthy Cholesterol
In the past, eggs were demonized for their cholesterol content. However, we now know that dietary cholesterol has little to no impact on a person’s blood cholesterol levels. There have also been multiple studies that show eating several eggs per week has little to no impact on blood cholesterol levels, stroke, or heart disease. This data was so compelling that the American Heart Association retracted its recommended ban on the consumption of eggs. Further, the American Heart Association now considers eating eggs as a part of a healthy, balanced diet.
So, the next time that you are looking for a nutritionally dense, protein-packed post-workout snack, reach for the incredible egg! For more information about an egg’s nutrition, click here!