What is the best tasting egg protein powder?

Posted on September 10, 2014 By

Egg Protein

Egg protein is unique as protein supplements go. It’s a complete protein (meaning it has all 20 amino acids that are needed for a protein to fulfill all of its biological functions) but it’s not as easy to find or as cheap as whey protein or pea protein. It’s made from egg whites (as opposed to whole eggs) which means it’s almost completely fat-free and carb-free.

So what’s the best egg protein powder? I have two answers for you. First of all: if you want a dry powder you can mix with water or milk and chug, then sure, get the Optimum Nutrition 100% Egg Protein powder. It’s convenient, lasts a long time in storage, and is nutritionally complete. I’m not going to bother to link the other egg protein powders I’ve tried, but they ranged from barely-acceptable to terrible. The Optimum egg protein is far and away the best.

But here’s the more nuanced answer: The most versatile egg protein is liquid egg whites! Yes, you’ll have to clear out room in the fridge, but grab a couple half-gallon bottles of homogenized egg whites, and you’ll be able to make far more than boring chocolate shakes. Scramble 2 cups of them in a pan with a little bit of butter or coconut oil for an insanely savory breakfast/lunch/snack. Or chuck 2-4 cups of liquid egg whites into a cheap Pyrex pan and bake it for 35 minutes if you don’t want to watch the stove.

One thing you don’t want to do with liquid egg whites, though, despite what you may have seen, is to drink them raw! Unless you cook them (or consume them as denatured/dehydrated powder) the bioavailability of the protein is much lower than in the processed form. Also, raw egg whites contain a substance called avidin, which prevents the absorption of biotin, meaning that you’ll negatively affect your body’s ability to use protein to build muscle tissue. So cook your liquid egg whites – or get the egg protein powder – and you’ll be set.

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