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Egg Protein Supplements

By Michele Turcotte, MS, RD

Egg protein is the common reference to which other protein sources are compared. Most of the protein of an egg is in the white. The name of the egg white protein used in powdered supplement form is egg albumin. It is used by bodybuilders to add high-quality protein to their diets, much like whey-based protein powder supplements. Egg protein scores a 100 on the biological value index, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids, and a 1.0 (maximum value) on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAA). These indexes are measures of protein quality and completeness. Several quality egg protein supplements are available on the market.

Jay Robb Egg White Protein

Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder is sweetened with Stevia and comes in vanilla flavor. Stevia is the only sweetener used in this egg white protein powder and is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2007, this protein powder earned the Health Ranger Best Egg Protein Supplement Award, according to GNC. One heaping scoop offers 120 calories, 24 g protein, 0 g fat and 4 g carbohydrates (0 g sugar). This egg white protein supplement doesn't contain artificial ingredients, such as artificial colors or flavorings, which is a bonus.

BioChem 100-Percent Egg Protein Powder

BioChem 100-percent Egg Protein Powder is available in chocolate and vanilla flavors. It is also sweetened with Stevia, in addition to a very small amount of organic evaporated cane juice. Thus, the powder is low in sugar but has a very good flavor. This egg supplement includes some healthy probiotics, which enhance proper digestion in some individuals, it is a good food source of dietary fiber and it is gluten-free. The powder offers more carbohydrates and fat than other egg protein powders. The serving size is 2 scoops (about 44 g), and the chocolate flavor provides 150 calories, 20 g protein, 3 g fat (0 g saturated), 12 g carbohydrates (2 g sugar) and 4 g dietary fiber, according to iHerb.com.

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Optimum 100-Percent Egg Protein

Optimum Nutrition makes a 100-percent egg protein powder that comes in a 2-lb. canister and is available in two flavors--rich chocolate and vanilla custard. One heaping scoop (32.5 g) offers 120 calories, 24 g protein, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 4 g carbohydrates (0 g sugar), 1 g dietary fiber and 420 mg sodium. It is flavored with artificial sweeteners (thus low in sugar). This supplement is not fortified with additional vitamins or minerals but is high in protein and appropriate for low-carbohydrate diets. It is recommended by Bodybuilding.com. The website also recommends using a blender to mix it or the shaker bottle that comes with it to avoid clumping.

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