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Egg protein is sometimes promoted as a weight-loss supplement that increases metabolism, burns fat while building muscles, reduces appetite, and helps control blood sugar levels. People who use egg protein as part of a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, weight-loss diet say it helps them stay full longer, avoid sugar cravings, and lose weight quickly. Egg protein is sometimes preferred by people who believe it is important to use animal protein, especially if they are not able to use whey- or casein-based supplements due to lactose intolerance, dairy protein sensitivities, or allergies.
Weight management experts often recommend a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet to help overweight and obese people lose weight and keep it off. Adding a supplement such as egg protein can help people reach protein intake goals for weight loss. Some people believe that animal protein, like the protein in eggs, is better utilized by the body than plant protein and will be more effective for preserving muscle mass and stimulating fat loss during weight loss.
Eggs cause allergic reactions in some people. The symptoms of an egg allergy range from digestive upset or a mild skin rash to a life-threatening constriction of the airways. People with egg allergies should avoid all forms of egg protein.
Because raw egg protein can cause biotin deficiency, people taking egg protein supplements long term should consider supplementing with biotin. Symptoms of biotin deficiency can include skin, hair, and nail changes; loss of muscle function; and seizures.
Egg protein contains a compound called avidin, which interacts with biotin, a B-complex vitamin and prevents its absorption. Avidin is neutralized with heat. Unprocessed egg protein supplements may contain significant amounts of avidin and long-term use could cause a biotin deficiency.
A typical egg has about 13 grams of protein, most of which (about 11 grams) is found in the white portion. Some egg protein extracts have limited amounts of other nutrients such as cholesterol, fats, and phospholipids. Most egg protein supplements are simply dried egg white powder, and a 30-gram serving typically provides about 20 grams of protein. Hydrolyzed egg protein has been broken down into small amino acid chains through enzymatic processing, and may have a slightly higher protein content than dried egg white powder. Egg protein may be found in protein supplements, high-protein food bars, and meal replacements powders.
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