Most people don't just wake up one morning and say, "it's a good day to break up with meat," — there's usually a good reason to adopt a plant-based diet: ethical, environmental, animal rights or for better athletic performance. For performance-based vegans in particular, there is a protein source you’d benefit from that doesn’t negatively affect your health the same way a plate of chicken wings does.
In fact, this poor little superfood gets unfairly lumped in with animal products as “bad for your health” when really, many experts are finding the opposite is true: it’s a damn rockstar for your body.
Before we go any further, let’s be clear: we’re not saying you should eat this food, only that you should consider it. Many people—some of our trainers included—eat a plant-based diet and are obviously thriving. So, our conversation today is about presenting you with some food for thought: we’re not telling you we think you have to do anything.
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The Plant-Based Principle
As mentioned, there are many reasons to go plant-based. For this article, we’re not getting into the ethical reasons for going vegan, we’re sticking to just the health benefits.
As you know, the consumption of animal products is tied to:
Getting Enough On A Vegan Diet
Eating a diet rich in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, and nuts may be your recipe for good health but, plant-based people run the highest risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
There are workarounds, like taking supplements, to help prevent deficiencies. Not sure you’re getting enough? Read our Plant-Based eBook for nutritional advice. You can get it for 50% off right now!
Or, for performance-based vegans, you can turn to this incredible superfood — eggs — to help keep your vitamin and mineral levels balanced!
Why You Should Consider Eating Eggs
Eggs have been villainized. Although it is an animal product, for non-ethical vegans, you may find there is no reason why you shouldn’t benefit from eating this superfood.
You might be wondering why eggs should make the cut. Here’s why:
The Elephant In The Room: Cholesterol
One of the primary reasons vegans steer clear of eggs is initially studies indicated that eggs heightened cholesterol levels, would negatively affect your health. However, with countless studies, reviews and mixed results, it can feel hard to know whether eating eggs is a good or bad thing.
Let’s talk about cholesterol and start debunking all the white noise surrounding eggs.
The Verdict: Unlike meat, eggs don’t really pump up your cholesterol; therefore, eating eggs won’t increase your risk of heart disease.
Should You Consider Eating Eggs As a Vegan?
We know we’re walking on thin ice suggesting an animal product to those that have sworn it off, but eggs deserve your fair consideration. They’re not in the same artery-clogging category as meats. Not only are eggs highly nutritious, but they can also boost your game, protect you from deficiencies and provide a protein alternative.
If you start eating eggs, you’ve gone from a comparatively restrictive diet to a more flexible one. No longer will you need flaxseed eggs to bake with; you can eat the real thing! If you’re pressed for time or want to have a good night’s sleep, there isn’t anything easier than whipping up an egg and calling it a meal.
Whether you choose to eat eggs on a plant-based diet or not, hopefully, we’ve given you something to think about when it comes to nature’s perfect protein: the egg.