April 2019

Are Eggs Healthy? Do They Help with Muscle Building?

If muscles were made of chips and beer, there’d be a lot more six-pack superheroes.

Replace chips and beer with “eggs” and we’ll get a lot closer…

Why do eggs help to build muscle?

So if Tortillas and Tuborg don’t, what then? When we look at our muscle structure under a microscope, we find: proteins. Proteins make up the essential part of our muscles.

If you train intensively for an hour, your body can burn up to 30 grams of muscle protein to provide energy. Longer sessions can produce more.

This is because the carbohydrate reserves in the working muscles are depleted after about 2 hours, depending on training and training level, and your body then begins to consume the muscle protein to produce new glycogen.

This makes it all the more important for you to get enough protein after training. This compensates for muscle loss and provides enough basic building blocks for muscle growth.

If it is not Easter, an ideal natural protein source is too often underestimated and often even demonized: the hen’s egg.

What is protein and why do you need it?

Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein.

Certain amino acids are crucial for our health and fitness: these are the essential amino acids.

We have to take them in with our food because our body cannot produce them itself.

Scientific studies have shown that the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are particularly beneficial for performance when taken before or after exercise.

An additional benefit of protein intake before exercise is this: proteins conserve glycogen stores.

The glycogen is released into the bloodstream more slowly during the subsequent training session, which delays symptoms of fatigue in particular.

Are eggs healthy or unhealthy? The truth about cholesterol
“Too many eggs are unhealthy, remember your health – cholesterol!”

This view is still shared by many people. Are eggs healthy?

The myth that the consumption of many eggs causes the cholesterol level to explode to almost life-threatening heights cannot be fought to death.

Although it has been refuted for years.

It is true that egg yolk contains a lot of cholesterol. And now comes the “but”…

What was not known in times when this myth originated, however, is the following:

Our bodies drive down cholesterol production when we feed them through our food.

You can eat as many eggs as you want – it doesn’t endanger your cholesterol level.

On the contrary, eggs have many positive properties.

10 Reasons Eggs Are Healthy:

  • Egg protein has an excellent biological value (i.e. your body can easily use it for muscle building).
  • Eggs are very digestible.
  • You can take hard-boiled eggs with you for training or as a snack.
  • Scrambled eggs and fried eggs are available in almost every restaurant for a reasonable price.
  • Eggs are rich in vitamins, especially B2, B6, B12, D, E and K.
  • Eggs are rich in minerals, especially iron, phosphorus and zinc.
  • A hen’s egg has 6 grams of protein – 6 egg whites and 2 egg yolks for breakfast or in between provide you with 27 grams of protein.
  • Zero carbohydrates.
  • A high proportion of “good” unsaturated fatty acids.
  • Eggs contain all the amino acids your body needs for optimal regeneration and muscle building.
  • Eggs are “healthy” fast food

Few foods are prepared as quickly as eggs and at the same time offer so many variation possibilities:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • microwave egg
  • Boiled egg
  • Fried egg
  • Baked egg
  • Poached egg

Recipe: Microwave egg

My absolute fast food favorite is the microwave egg.

This is how it works:

Beat 6 eggs, remove 4 of the 6 yolks and put everything in a microwaveable container.
Heat the eggs to the highest temperature for a few minutes in the microwave until they are completely cooked (thus avoiding the danger of salmonella) – done.
In addition to salt and freshly ground pepper, I often add spicy salsa dip as a low-carbohydrate seasoning sauce.