Egg White Protein Powder Review
Eggs have been consumed as a primary source of protein ever since bodybuilding first became a popular way of life many decades ago.
Eggs are inexpensive, easy to prepare and deliver a large dose of high quality protein, with 6 grams in a single whole egg.
Although the yolk does contain a fairly high 5.6 grams of fat, only 1.6 grams of those come from saturated fat. The rest comes from poly and monounsaturated fats, which are considered the “good fats” and actually provide a long list of health benefits.
Those concerned with the high cholesterol content of the yolk should also stop worrying. Dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol are two different things, and the cholesterol found in eggs actually has a minimal impact on blood cholesterol levels.
Because of the very high quality protein that can be found in eggs, some supplement companies sell egg white protein in powdered form. This powder can be used to make protein shakes in the same way you might use whey or casein powder.
You can either buy egg white protein powder on its own or purchase “multi-spectrum” protein powders that use egg white protein alongside other sources such as whey, casein or milk protein.
But is there anything special about egg white protein powder? Should you purchase egg white protein powder in place of whey?
The short answer is no.
While egg whites are certainly a great addition to your diet and can definitely be used as a high quality source of protein, there’s no real reason to buy them in powdered form as a replacement for whey.
First of all, the majority of the valuable nutrients contained in an egg are found in the yolk rather than the egg white. The yolk is packed with vitamin A, B12, D, E, K, zinc, calcium, DHA and more. Since egg protein powders are derived from the white portion only, most of these valuable micronutrients are lost.
Secondly, while egg white protein powder IS a high quality source of protein, at the end of the day it is still inferior to whey.
Whey protein has a higher biological value (meaning that a higher percentage of the total protein content is absorbed by the body) and a better overall amino acid profile for supporting muscle growth due its extremely high BCAA content.
Whey is also very high in immunoglobulins and lactoferrin, which have been shown to have powerful immune system boosting properties and are not found in any other protein source.
To add to this, despite being a lower quality source of protein in comparison to whey, egg white protein powder is actually even more expensive.
The bottom line is simple…
Egg white protein powder provides a less nutritious, lower quality, more expensive source of protein in comparison to whey.
Because of that, I really can’t think of any good reason to purchase egg white protein powder in supplement form. The only situation where supplementing with egg white protein would make sense is for those with allergies to dairy. In that particular situation, egg white protein powder would be a great alternative.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I’m NOT saying that there is anything wrong with egg white protein powder or that whey protein is leaps and bounds ahead in terms of quality.
All I’m saying is that when it comes to purchasing a protein powder, whey is clearly the best choice.
Whole eggs are an awesome source of protein and micronutrients, but save them for making omelets and leave the egg white protein powder on the shelf.
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