The pros and cons of egg white protein powder.
If you are looking to learn more about the pros and cons of egg white protein powder, you have come to the right place. If you are looking for a great first protein powder, you have also come to the right place. Drink Wholesome is made by hand in the USA with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
What are the pros and cons of egg white protein powder?
If you can eat eggs, egg white protein powder is the best protein powder. Our list of pros and cons should make this abundantly clear.
Pro: Egg whites contain a complete protein.
The protein found in egg whites is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Most plant-based proteins are not complete.
Pro: Eggs are highly digestible.
Of all the whole foods, eggs have the highest protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS), which is a measurement of both a protein’s effectiveness and digestibility. The PDCAAS is determined by comparing the amino acid profile of the protein against a standard amino acid profile, with 100 as the highest possible score. Eggs come in at 100, which means that eggs are easily absorbed into and used by the body. This way you get the most bang for your buck.
Pro: Egg whites are dairy free.
For the millions of Americans who suffer from lactose intolerance, egg white protein is a healthier alternative to whey and casein protein. Both whey and casein protein are byproducts of cheese production, which means that they contain dairy. People who are lactose intolerant cannot fully digest the sugar (lactose) in dairy and experience bloating and stomach pain when they use whey protein.
A number of rigorous studies have demonstrated an association between whey and casein protein powder and acne and although we cannot imply causation – we cannot prove that whey and casein protein cause acne – these observations echo biochemical and epidemiological data supporting the relationship between the consumption of dairy products and acne aggravation. If you use whey or casein protein, you may finally have something to blame for your breakouts.
Pro: Egg whites are real food.
Most protein powders, especially plant-based ones, are made with protein isolates stripped of everything but the protein. Protein isolates are made by taking a raw ingredient and subjecting it to a variety of isoelectric precipitation and ultrafiltration processes, some of which are chemical and some of which are mechanical. I will spare you the details, but you should know that what ends up in your protein powder looks utterly unnatural.
Protein isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.”
Egg whites, unlike protein isolates, undergo minimal processing before becoming protein powder. The egg whites we use were simply pasteurized and spray dried.
Pro: Egg whites are delicious.
Protein isolates are missing the healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that make food taste good. They have a chalky aftertaste.
Egg whites have a neutral flavor and smooth mouthfeel. The egg whites that we use are particularly delicious because they were broken, pasteurized, and dried less than twenty four hours from when they were laid. The result is a flavor without the saltiness or sulfur “eggy” notes typical of eggs.
Con: Eggs are an allergen.
Eggs are one of the eight major allergenic foods that account for about 90% of all food allergies in the United States. That said, egg allergies are most common in children and the vast majority of people outgrow their egg allergy by the age of 6.
Con? Egg production is torn between animal welfare and sustainability.
It goes without saying free-range chickens are happier and healthier than chickens raised in cages. But did you know that raising free-range chicken is less sustainable?
Chickens raised in conventional cage systems are the most efficient layers. It takes 2 kilograms of feed to produce 1 kilogram of eggs. Chickens raised in cage-free systems – in which the birds are free to roam the barn but cannot access the outdoors – require 14 percent more feed. Free-range chickens – with access to the outdoors – require about 18 percent more. Moreover, organic chickens, whose feed is grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides, need 20 percent more feed than birds kept in cages.
The amount of feed it takes to raise a chicken matters. Almost half of global greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production are related to feed production and processing and almost half of global agricultural land is used for feeding animals. In many countries, this land use is accelerating deforestation and biodiversity loss, as well as water scarcity. This is all to say that although cage-free/free-range is better for the animals, it is not necessarily better for the environment.
Tradeoffs like these are inherent in many of the foods we eat so do not let this information discourage you from eating eggs. Plus, eggs are relatively sustainable when you consider the enormous environmental impact of dairy production, of which whey protein is a byproduct.
Drink Wholesome is the best egg white protein powder. It is made with 100% real foods, foose close to nature. Our chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, cocoa, and monk fruit. Real food ingredients like these are better for you and better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.
You are reading an article by Drink Wholesome, a small company from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally better approach to protein powder by using 100% real food ingredients. Research suggests that ingredients like these are better for you than the highly processed food additives found in most protein supplements. They are also far better tasting than the chalky protein isolates that you are probably used to. Order samples to see for yourself.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.
Now you know the pros and cons of protein powder.