Monday, September 29, 2008

Eggs And Muscle Growth

Eggs compared to the price of meat are one of the cheapest muscle foods on the market.

How many eggs do you eat?

Eggs are an excellent source of Protein, which is needed for growth, development, and repair of your muscles and other body tissues. It also helps you fight infection and disease.

Eggs yolks also contain choline, a substance that breaks down fat and helps make up the membranes of nearly every cell in your body.

Choline is an essential nutrient for normal functioning of all cells, including those involved with liver metabolism, brain and nerve function, memory, and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.

Beef liver, chicken liver and wheat germ are considered excellent sources of choline. Two eggs contain 280 mg of choline that is half the recommended daily supply.

One egg provides a good serving of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, iron, and zinc.

Eggs used to get a bad rap for cholesterol, and their fat content. But they have finally learned that this is a good fat that is unsaturated, and good for your overall health.

Consuming protein is a great way to loose weight since it’s harder for your body to break down protein than carbohydrates, or fats, leading to more calories burned.

If you are looking to build muscle your body needs protein the building blocks that make muscle for this to happen.

If you are concerned about the fat content eat only the egg whites. They make a great snack for during the day that is easy to prepare.

Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 days, just make sure you drain the water out of the container every day to keep them fresh.

Raw Eggs:

Eating raw eggs has some advantages that can boost your immune system, but most people have a concern about salmonella. When you don’t cook an egg you run a risk of getting salmonella. Salmonella is destroyed by heat!

Salmonella is an infection with bad bacteria; most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Some people say that probiotics work in treating salmonella. Probiotics are good bacteria.

Of the 69 billion eggs that are produced each year, salmonella is only present in 2.3 million of those eggs.

Some people say that buying cage free organically certified eggs reduces the risk of getting salmonella.

Caged free orgainic eggs are fed organic, vegetarian diets without pesticides, synthetic hormones or antibiotics.

Tips To Help Avoid Salmonella:

Never leave raw eggs out of the refrigerated for more than 2 hours.

Raw eggs should be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or a little below. Kept in the middle to lower shelves where it’s colder.

Never keep them on the door.

Raw eggs will last usually a month after the expiration date as long as they are kept at the proper temperature in original cartons.

Always look for cracks in the eggs and smell the eggs before you eat them. If they are cracked you run the chance of getting salmonella, if they smell they are going bad.

To me the risk is not worth the reward, so I always cook my eggs. But since I eat so many eggs it more than makes up for the loss of nutrients from cooking them.

Want To Know More? See- Why You Should Eat A Good Breakfast

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