Learn why eggs are so important to your diet and how it can help you build muscle!
How many of you CrossFitters out there enjoy your eggs? Good, as a matter of fact that’s great, keep it up and continue to read on because you may very well be on the road to increasing your egg intake and thus increasing your muscle.
But what about all of you out there that are neglecting eggs because of the taste or simple because you’re lazy and couldn’t be bothered cooking, so you ultimately opt for a tasty shake instead. Well, I’m confident that eggs will be the first thing on your mind when you wake up in the morning.
An egg is one of the most complete and versatile foods available. It has a valuable role in providing a healthy diet for all and especially bodybuilders. We all know the importance of protein in the muscle-building process, without protein, your muscles will simply not grow.
Excluding water, protein is the next most abundant element that makes up the majority of our bodies. With that being said, shouldn’t protein be a very important part of anyone’s diet? When we exercise, we damage protein fibers – and in order for the protein fibers to regrow stronger and bigger, we need to replenish our bodies with protein. A CrossFitters diet must be higher in protein than the average persons.
Eggs contain about 6 grams of high quality protein; and thus is the standard by which other foods are measured. Eggs are also a rich source of vitamins, including A, E and K and a range of B vitamins such as B12 (energy), riboflavin and folic acid. Eggs also contain all 8 essential amino acids needed for optimal muscle recovery and building valuable minerals like calcium, zinc and iron.
Now before you get scared and say what about the fat that eggs contain, let me break it down for you. The white part of the egg contains no fat what so ever. On the other hand, the yolk of an egg (yellow) contains about 5 grams of fat, BUT only a small proportion (1.6g) of this is saturated fat (the ‘Bad’ Fat).
Eggs contain cholesterol, but it is generally accepted that dietary cholesterol does not raise blood cholesterol levels.
Eggs are easily digested and absorbed and are extremely useful in ensuring a balanced diet for us CrossFitters
Enjoy your eggs tomorrow morning!