It’s no secret that we here at LIFT BIG EAT BIG consume copious amounts of eggs on a weekly basis. Best served with a large side of bacon and avocado, we consider eggs to be the best breakfast food you can lay your grubby little hands on.
A dozen eggs can be purchased for as little as $2.99, which equals out to roughly 25 cents per egg, making it one of the cheapest quality protein sources you can find. Keep in mind that at $2.99, you probably won’t be getting pastured, organic eggs, but this isn’t a perfect world and sometimes you have to decide whether to buy the pastured eggs or pay the school loans.
At the most elementary nutritional level, eggs are a superior breakfast food because they contain 6-8 grams of protein and 220mg of cholesterol, making it a nutritional powerhouse for anyone who is interested in making strength gains.
On a more in-depth level, eggs also provide all 9 essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and an exhaustively long list of other nutrients that you didn’t even know you needed. Things like Choline, Lutein+Zeaxanthin, and linoleic acid. This link outlines the entire chemical ingredient list of an egg, quite impressive, I must say.
The egg has been chastised in recent decades for its high cholesterol content, being accused of contributing to heart disease, but most readers of LBEB know that this is a myth. On the contrary, cholesterol consumption has repeatedly been shown to improve cardiovascular health, as well as directly contribute to healthy hormone levels in men and women.
Many bodybuilders and general followers of the Tracey Anderson Method continue to advocate the throwing away of the egg yolk, as it contains cholesterol. What they are missing out on is arguably more important than the very important protein of the egg white, the dark, rich yolk that contains the cholesterol. As a waxy steroid of fat, it is a precursor to the production of testosterone, and as such, the yolk should be the part of the egg that is most sought after. Testosterone levels in men and women are so low in recent years that doctors have actually lowered “normal” levels to cope with this nation-wide drop.
Some popular cereal brands tout their products as a superior breakfast food because they “contain as much protein as an egg”, yet they also come with 13g of sugar, 8g of whole grains, and a serving of soy protein. You know what else contains as much protein as an egg, without all of the added junk? AN EGG.
Next time you are trying to figure out what to have for breakfast, ditch the low-fat banana smoothie and whole wheat toast, and instead reach for 3-4 eggs and a side of bacon. Unless you want to stay looking like Gwyneth Paltrow.