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Why Eggs Are the Best Way to Intake Protein!

Updated on September 11, 2012

Eggs have been known to be called "THE PERFECT PROTEIN" but why? what makes the protein in the eggs any different than the protein in other foods?

First you must understand a bit about protein

Proteins are broken down in the body into Amino acids, of 20 different variations of size and molecular arrangement, 8 of which are dubbed “Essential Amino Acids” due to the bodies inability to biosynthesise (Create them itself) them and therefore they must be obtained through the diet. Although the other 12 Amino acids are also obtained through the diet, its not essential that they are, providing there is all the essential Amino Acids present, the Liver is able to biosynthesis (Create within the body) Non essential Amino Acids from the Essential Amino Acids.

100g of Egg - Nutritional Info

Protein = 13g

Egg contains at least 18/20 Amino Acids in the following Quantaties:


167 mg Threonine 556 mg Isoleucine 672 mg Leucine 1088 mg Lysine 914 mg Methionine 380 mg Cystine 272 mg Phenylalanine 681 mg Tyrosine 500 mg Valine 859 mg Arginine 821 mg Histidine 309 mg Alanine 736 mg Aspartic acid 1330 mg Glutamic acid 1676 mg Glycine 432 mg Proline 513 mg Serine 973 mg

Other forms of Protein are likely to have a lesser range and quantity of each of the different types of Amino Acids, either they wont have the essential 8 or maybe they only have say 12/20 essential amino acids, even if another product does contain all 8 essential amino acids and so the body will then be able to convert them into any necessary non essential amino acid, its still a job for the liver, so you would be doing it a favor by consuming the amino acids already in their original form.


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      Ian Stiglingh 5 years ago from Cape Town

      That helps me a lot. Thanks.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      @ Stiggies - thats a very good question and unfortunately nothing is ever black and white with nutrition and diets, since the whole days/weeks intake of all foods has to be taken into account.

      What we can say, is that Eggs and Bacon contain nearly no carbohydrates, whereas Oats are primarily Carbohydrates, so the Oats should give you better energy, Oats are also the best form of Carbohydrates, as they are what is known as 'Low GI Carbs', which in other words, are Carbs which burn slowly and give you a sustained release of energy throughout the morning, instead of an initial surge of energy/ blood sugar and then a subsequent crash, eating Low GI Carbs is a better way of dieting, as High GI Carbs can encourage fat deposition.

      The eggs and bacon will contain much more fats and saturated fats, so as an overall diet, this could have some health implications. Oats will have virtually 0 grams of fat.

      The eggs and bacon will have more Protein, although Oats do suprisingly have some.. if you train frequently, you may benefit from some Protein in the morning, so that the body can continue its rebuilding of the damaged muscle fibres.

      The Yolk of the eggs holds virtually all the Vitamins and minerals but also most of the fat and cholesterol, so its a loose loose situation, you could cut the yolk to save your heart but then in doing so loose out on all that nutrition...

      I think the bacon has Minerals like Iron etc, so Eggs and Bacon are probably better for the acquisition of Vits and Minerals but this can be compensated for by Vitamin and Mineral supplements otherwise

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      @ Pete care would have to be taken not to kill the Vitamins during the cooking proceed if fried, maybe even microwaved, this is something i havent ever been able to find much substancial research about, just what percentage of vitamins and minerals are lost during each cooking procees, Poached egg is generally accepted as the healthiest way to have them.

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      Ian Stiglingh 5 years ago from Cape Town

      how would eggs and bacon for breakfast every morning affect your health differently than say eating oats every morning?

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      I love a good omelet or egg sandwich for breakfast. Good to know how eggs are so beneficial.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      There have been a few reports that people should try to increase their egg intakes, due to the benefits of this tasty food, many of which are missing from modern diets.

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      kjrzeek1 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      So many things you can do with eggs... I love making healthy egg salad.