Having brought my cholesterol levels down from what where considered dangerous to normal with diet and exercise, I had been avoiding eating whole eggs and restricting myself to powdered egg whites.

I decided to look in to their benefits in more detail including the value of including whole eggs in my diet.

Bodybuilders, sportspersons and fitness enthusiasts are, or should be aware of how important high quality protein is in muscle building processes in the body.

After weight training protein is critical in the muscle-building process - muscle tissue that consists of proteins has been broken down and needs to be replaced.

Eggs are one of the best sources of protein for bodybuilders; they contain all 20 essential amino acids - the building blocks of protein needed to gain size and strength.

Eggs contain about 6 grams of high quality protein, and are a rich source of vitamins, including A, E and K and a range of B vitamins such as B12(energy), riboflavin, folic acid and minerals calcium, zinc and iron.

Their "biological value" — a measurement used to determine how efficiently a protein is used for growth — is 93.7. Milk, fish, beef, and rice respectively have a bio value of 84.5, 76, 74.3, and 64.

The higher the value, the better the protein is absorbed.

The white of the egg contains zero fat whatsoever, whereas the yolk of an egg (yellow) contains about 5 grams of fat 1.6g of which is saturated fat . Fat however is also essential in our diet.

It was widely considered that cholesterol in food was the villain behind high cholesterol levels. Eggs contain cholesterol and one large egg has about 186 mg of it — all of which is found in the yolk.

The recommended limit of dietary cholesterol is 300 milligrams for people with normal LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

It is now generally accepted that dietary cholesterol does not raise blood cholesterol levels. — saturated and trans fats have a much greater effect on blood cholesterol.

Your body actually needs the cholesterol in meat and eggs to make testosterone, which helps to increase energy and helps to build more calorie-building muscle. In fact, one study at the University of Connecticut found that the fat in egg yolks actually helps to reduce LDL ("bad" cholesterol).

I now take two whole eggs per day as I don't fear it effecting my cholesterol levels and take advantage of the aforementioned properties of eating whole eggs along with powdered egg whites that can be bought online quite cheaply to meet my daily protein requirements.

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