Egg protein powder has been a favored food supplement among health enthusiasts even before whey or casein protein powder became more popular back in the 90s. Though similar products have since become available, egg protein powder remains to be an excellent source of protein as well as other crucial nutrients.
But just with any type of food, egg protein powder offers both benefits as well as risks. This is why it is prudent to educate yourself to ensure that you truly get to maximize its healthful goodness.
Read on and learn more about the pros and cons of egg protein powder and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends only moderate consumption of this protein source.
Egg Protein Powder Benefits:
Egg protein powder, especially if it’s guaranteed made from pure egg whites, provide top quality protein. One scoop provides approximately 24 grams of protein, four times the amount found in one whole egg. Two scoops per day for women, and three scoops for men, should then provide the recommended daily value for this body building and muscle repairing nutrient.
Egg protein powder is lactose-free as well. This then makes it an ideal alternative for individuals who cannot consume dairy products due to lactose intolerance. Egg protein powder contains very minimal amounts of carbohydrates as well, with just 2 grams per scoop, so including it in your diet can certainly help in your weight loss goals. And because this supplement is made from egg whites only, then there’s less fat and cholesterol, too.
Egg protein powder, especially those made from free range eggs, contain considerable amounts of vitamins A, B and D. It has been found, too, that eggs sourced from pasture-raised chickens happen to have higher amounts of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, as compared to eggs harvested from factory-farmed poultry.
Egg Protein Powder Risks:
Egg protein powder is typically manufactured through spray drying. Though the eggs are typically pasteurized, egg protein powder is best served cooked to ensure that the avidin, a type of protein, has been deactivated. Avidin binds to biotin, a crucial B-vitamin. When this happens, biotin deficiency may occur and symptoms such as hair loss, skin problems, as well as neurological symptoms in adults like depression, may present.
Egg protein powder may contain dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, too. This is especially true if the eggs were sourced from factory farms. Chickens in concentrated animal feeding operations often live in toxic and polluted environments so it’s no surprise these animals, and consequently their eggs too, end up carrying diseases and infections.
Traces of antibiotics, hormones and other pharmaceuticals may be present in the egg protein powder if the raw material utilized was sourced from factory-farmed eggs as well. Antibiotics in factory-farmed eggs are particularly a concern as it has been found to cause antibiotics-resistance in humans. These dangers are the reason scrutinizing where the eggs for the protein powder were sourced is crucial.
Egg Protein Powder Practical Uses:
Egg protein powder can be an excellent ingredient to regular breakfast fares like pancakes. In a bowl, whisk one whole egg, two egg whites, and a scoop of protein powder. Add in some more protein powder scoop by scoop until you reach a pancake-batter-like consistency. Cook in a pancake pan like you would regular pancakes. You can top the cooked egg protein pancakes with your choice of fruits like apples, bananas, or berries. You can add in fresh cheeses like homemade yogurt cheese or cottage cheese as well.
You can make sumptuous crepes from egg protein powder, too. In a bowl, beat two eggs, three tablespoons of milk, and a scoop of protein powder, ensuring that the mixture has a runny consistency. In a moderately heated nonstick pan, pour a thin layer and wait until fully cooked before adding in your favorite fresh or natural dried fruit.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of raw nut butter and how to moderately use it in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the protein sources on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Organic Yogurt (Full-Fat)
• Soaked or sprouted beans and legumes
• Raw seeds and nuts
• Roasted Seeds and Nuts
• Regular or Canned Beans and Legumes
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