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A word on Eggs

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 A Word on Eggs

If food is the all important fuel in one's quest for lean mass, then the difference between protein sources is not unlike the low, medium, and high octane levels we notice at the pumps when fueling our vehicles. While almost every protein source has value within our nutritional regimen, we find that all protein sources are certainly not created equal. Anyone who has studied, even at the surface level, about the different protein sources we consume, and their subsequent advantages and shortcomings, would have come across the table of protein biological availability. This piece is a specific table of protein sources, in the form of foods, and is a graduating table that denotes an actual score for each different food in terms of their overall worth in our bodies. This is more commonly known as the Scale of Biological Availability. The chief idea in this piece, as it relates to our collective purpose, is that if a three-dimensional structure of the protein is altered because of a change in the structure of the amino acids, the protein becomes denatured and does not perform its function as expected. This theory, in essence, will dictate the place, or value of each specific protein that we consume daily in our quests to add lean mass to our frames.

Without getting overcomplicated, the premise behind this scale is that certain proteins become denatured to a certain extent, during the process of human digestion. The degree to which a particular protein can maintain its original molecular structure throughout the process of digestion, and subsequently remain available to the bodily process of protein synthesis, will dictate its value to us as human beings first, and its importance to us as athletes secondly. That is it in a nutshell, and based on that theoretical piece of information, each of us must choose to either abide by this scale, or to ignore it at his own peril. Now that we have established the foundational criteria for the valuation of specific proteins, and without listing an actual scale for you to view (you can do that yourself), we should note that there is only one complete animal, consumed by humans, on this scale. The egg is in fact, a complete animal embryo, though the exact limit of the time during which an organism is an embryo has not generally been well defined. To my way of thinking, the consumption of a complete animal is always the optimal choice when compared to consuming a mere piece of an animal, and the egg must not be ignored in any serious nutritional regimen.

For whatever reason, many people forsake the incredible, edible egg, in favor of some of the sexier protein choices. But I submit that the egg is as sound a protein choice as any other on the scale of biological availability. And to the extent that most people are in the midst of some serious economic belt tightening, it seems appropriate to point out the staggering difference in the prices of the top protein choices compared to the price of a dozen eggs. Let's face facts here–there aren't many high end protein choices, if any, that will yield sixty five grams of protein, eight hundred forty calories, and zero carbohydrate grams, for the price of a dozen eggs (usually around $1.35). I will grant you the fact that for competition dieting, eggs might be a touch high in sodium for use in the weeks directly preceding the show, and there is also the cholesterol concern to consider in the long term. Not withstanding those two minor imperfections, which are hardly enough of a reason to take this high octane staple out of your nutritional arsenal, I don't see how eggs aren't at the top of every athlete's list. Besides, red meat is also high in fat, as well as cholesterol, and still there are enough mitigating factors to justify consuming it.

Too often, the unfortunate reality is that athletes' performances are somewhat limited by economic constraints, rather than shortfalls of ambition or work ethic. Many people fail to realize how much of a factor personal finances play in today's iron game; I can think of a few cases in particular, where certain individuals could not afford to remain competitive in the sport for reasons such as food costs. So you see, when globally considered, the way to find lasting success, especially in the lean years of your bodybuilding career, is to rely heavily upon the time tested, staples of nutrition that won't break your back economically. There is no down side to being fiscally responsible, and there certainly isn't anything wrong with getting the biggest bang for your buck.

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