Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein plus they provide many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, riboflavin, vitamin D, folate, choline and iron. Eggs are one of nature's most nutrient-dense foods.
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A number of bodily functions are dependent on the presence of protein in the diet, or more specifically, amino acids. Our bodies digest dietary proteins and break them down to amino acids, which are then shipped off to different parts of the body.
Eggs are considered a 'complete protein' as they contain all nine essential amino acids along with a wide array of other vitamins and minerals. The natural protein from an egg is best-absorbed and utilized by the body, and therefore egg protein is considered to be the gold standard of protein quality. All other protein sources are measured with respect to the egg.
Egg whites contain only half of the egg’s protein, so it is important to eat the whole egg to fully enjoy its energy boosting potential.
Protein-rich eggs provide lasting energy because protein helps control the rate at which food energy (calories) is absorbed. This means including protein at every meal occasion will help sustain your energy level and keep you active longer.
In a recent study, an egg-based breakfast was compared to a bagel-based breakfast containing the same number of calories. Researchers found those who ate two eggs and toast for breakfast lost 65% more weight, had an 83% greater reduction in waist circumference and experienced higher energy levels than those who ate a bagel and yogurt for breakfast.
Eggs have the highest biological value of any food protein, which means the amino acids found in eggs are converted into body tissue more efficiently than any other known dietary protein. Egg protein (along with milk and soy protein) possesses the highest possible Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), the most commonly used measure of protein quality. One large egg contains about 6 grams of high-quality protein, which makes it an ideally-packaged amino acid component for refueling after exercise.