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You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, but can you make one without the yolk? The short answer is yes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should leave the yolk out of your favorite egg recipes. Egg white omelets are an extremely popular option for health-conscious people who believe that the yolk is ‘fatty’ or otherwise bad for you. But what if that’s nothing more than fake news? A new study suggests it could be.
The benefits of whole eggs are abundant and could help your body boost its muscle-building capacity. At least, that’s what the results of a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seem to suggest.
Whole eggs vs. egg whites
The experiment found that opting for whole eggs after intense exercise helped to build more muscle than just plain egg whites. That’s one more great reason to follow the egg-on-top-of-everything food trend (as if you needed one).
“We saw that the ingestion of whole eggs immediately after resistance exercise resulted in greater muscle-protein synthesis than the ingestion of egg whites,” said Nicholas Burd, a University of Illinois professor of kinesiology and community health who led the research. “There’s a lot of stress on protein nutrition in modern society, and research is showing that we need more protein in the diet than we once thought to maintain health.” (Check out these protein-packed salads.)
The reason for the benefits of whole eggs is pretty simple: There’s a treasure chest of vitamins, minerals, protein and fat inside the yolk that all work together to help build muscle and provide other health benefits. Since the same combination of nutrients isn’t found in the egg white, if you only eat that part of the egg, you could be missing out on major health benefits.
“As world population grows,” explained Burd, “we need cost-effective and sustainable strategies for improving the use of protein in the diet. This work is showing that consuming egg protein in its natural matrix has a much greater benefit than getting isolated protein from the same source.”
So, the next time you fancy a post-workout, high-protein snack, you know what to do. Go ahead and make a delicious omelet using every single part of the egg. Not only will it taste fantastic, but your body will thank you later.
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