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Eggs

Eggs are a versatile and nutrient-dense food that can be a valuable addition to a cyclist's diet. They provide high-quality protein, healthy fats, and a range of vitamins and minerals that support overall health and performance.


Eggs are the oval-shaped reproductive bodies produced by female animals, most commonly referring to chicken eggs in culinary and nutritional contexts.

Eggs

List of eggs:
  • Chicken eggs
  • Duck eggs
  • Quail eggs
  • Turkey eggs
  • Goose eggs
  • Ostrich eggs
  • Emu eggs
Benefits for the cyclist:
  • High-quality protein source for muscle recovery and repair
  • Contains all nine essential amino acids
  • Rich in vitamins (e.g., vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12) and minerals (e.g., iron, zinc, selenium)
  • Provides healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids
  • Contains choline, which supports brain health and function
  • Highly satiating and can help with weight management
Energy value:

One large chicken egg (50g) provides approximately 70-80 kcal, with 6-7g of protein and 5-6g of fat.

When to eat:
  • Before the ride: Consuming eggs 2-3 hours before a ride as part of a balanced meal can provide sustained energy and support muscle function.
  • After the ride: Eating eggs within 30-60 minutes after a ride can aid in muscle recovery and repair.
  • As a snack: Hard-boiled eggs can be a convenient and protein-rich snack option between meals.
Other tips:
  • Choose eggs from free-range or pasture-raised chickens for higher nutrient content.
  • Incorporate eggs into a variety of dishes, such as omelets, frittatas, or egg salad sandwiches.
  • Consider removing the yolk if you need to limit cholesterol intake, as the yolk contains all the cholesterol in an egg.
  • Be mindful of food safety and always cook eggs thoroughly to avoid foodborne illnesses.
  • If you have an egg allergy, consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate alternatives.

Eggs offer a nutrient-dense and versatile option for cyclists looking to support their protein needs, muscle recovery, and overall health. By incorporating eggs into a balanced diet, timing their intake appropriately, and preparing them in a variety of ways, cyclists can benefit from the numerous nutritional advantages they provide. However, it's essential to consider individual dietary needs and restrictions when including eggs in a meal plan.