Nov. 15, 2016

Leverage the Power of Protein

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Protein derives from the Greek word, “proteios” meaning primary. Fitting since every cell in our body depends on it! Protein provides basic building blocks called amino acids to help build, repair and maintain all tissues. So, its’ no wonder we need protein for optimal health. A regular daily supply of good quality protein is especially vital to help us stay strong and age well! Learn more about how protein can benefit you and why egg protein is such a great choice.

How protein helps build a better body

Protein is an integral part of all cell structures. Healthy protein intakes support strong muscles, tendons, joints and bones as well as healthy skin, hair and nails as we age. Optimal brain and immune function, plus important hormones and enzymes rely on protein as well.

Watching your weight? Think protein!

Of the three main macronutrients that provide energy (calories) - protein, carbohydrates, and fat – protein is the most satiating. So, why not use protein to your advantage? Higher protein meals can help you feel fuller for longer, and eat fewer calories. Plus, a higher protein diet may help your body retain more muscle and lose more fat, than a diet higher in carbohydrates.

Egg protein – a gold standard in quality

Eggs are an excellent source of high quality complete protein. They contain a good balance of all of the essential amino acids in amounts that closely match our body’s needs. Most plant proteins are considered incomplete because they are low in one or more essential amino acid.

25 to 30 grams at each meal

Protein is constantly breaking down in our body and we need a regular supply to help rebuild the protein in tissues like our muscles and bones. Experts suggest that an ideal amount of protein is about 25 to 30 grams at each main meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a good idea to focus on getting enough at breakfast. That’s when many people don’t eat enough.

Start your day right with eggs

Canada’s Food Guide recommends 2 eggs as a serving from the Meat & Alternatives food group. There’s 12 grams of high quality protein in a serving of eggs, since each large egg provides  6 g of protein. Keep in mind that half of the protein in an egg is found in the yolk. For more nutritional information, visit our website here .

For a simple breakfast menu try:

2 large eggs (anyway you like) 12 g of protein

+ 1 slice of multigrain bread toasted 5 g of protein

+ serving of fruit (e.g. kiwi) about 1 g of protein

+ 1 glass of milk (250 mL lower fat) 9 g of protein

That adds up to about 27 grams of protein. With 14 essential nutrients and only 70 calories per large egg, eggs are a naturally nutritious, calorie-wise way to enjoy more protein!