Eggs are important in any athlete’s diet. One egg packs seven grams of complete protein and contains all of the eight essential amino acids required to build and maintain muscle. Plus, it tastes great! Continue reading to learn more about the benefits eggs can have on an athlete’s performance.
Optimal Nutrient Profile
Unless you’re closely watching your cholesterol intake, as an athlete, you shouldn’t be limited to just egg whites. In a typical egg yolk, you’ll find half the protein, antioxidants for eye and brain health and other crucial vitamins. But that’s not all – here are a few more nutritional aspects found in an egg:
While many of these vitamins are crucial for athletic performance, adequate protein intake is equally as important. This is more apparent in the recovery period, which is up to two hours post-exercise. Consuming protein during exercise or the recovery period leads to increased whole body and muscle protein synthesis as well as improved nitrogen balance. According to the results of one study, athletes should aim to consume about 0.27g/kg body weight in high-quality protein sources – such as eggs – during the recovery period for optimal performance.
We at Chino Valley Ranchers know that our egg products pair well with other healthy ingredients to create a dish that’s loaded with performance benefits. Take a look at some of our delicious yet healthy egg recipes here.
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