nutrition bite #002 - you've got to be yolking me...
There's no better protein source than the old trusty egg. Rocky knew this, and it's why we think he went on to have such a long and illustrious boxing career - including that amazing comeback against Clubber Lang in Rocky III...
The egg is the highest bioavailable source of protein (how much of the protein in the food is absorbed), meaning that all other forms of protein are analysed against it - which makes it the gold standard when it comes to recovery and proper growth. And yet, in recent times, many people are ditching the yolk due to it containing all the fat of an egg and think it's correlated with increased cholesterol levels
Research has shown that this is hogwash, however, and that it couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, it's now being found that people who dismiss the yolk may be missing out on all of the recovery and growth benefits that come with consuming it. It's so powerful, that when compared with consuming only the egg-white, the white + yolk combination produces a recovery & growth response that's 40% more powerful
Phenomenal news for young athletes and adolescents...
The yolk also contains half of the protein of the entire egg, along with many great vitamins and minerals such as:
- Choline: helps with neurotransmitter synthesis and the transport of fats
- Iron: transport oxygen via red blood cells, important part of many enzymes and the building of muscle tissue
- Zinc: promotes normal growth, wound healing and immune system functions
- Folate: crucial for proper brain function and plays a huge role in mental & emotional health
- Selenium: antioxidant that promotes a healthy immune system and is necessary for thyroid function
- Phosphorus: work with calcium in forming bones and teeth and helps to release the energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats
- Omega-3's: play a crucial role in brain function and proper growth and development
- Vitamin A: antioxidant that plays a role in cancer prevention and promotes eyesight
- Vitamin D: promotes healthy, strong bones and teeth
- Vitamin E: an antioxidant that helps to maintain healthy cell membranes
- Vitamin B-6: breaks down proteins and helps to make red blood cells
- Vitamin B-12: helps to make red blood cells, nerve cells and DNA; helps to break down carbohydrates and fats
It's simple ladies and gents, and we're not yolk-ing when we say this - eat the whole egg, yolk and all - and enjoy not only the delicious taste but also the great nutrients that come with it