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[QUOTE=vintagedream]hi all! actually, i'm not a fan of egg whites, i've READ that they contain congestive proteins that can easily clog our system.[/QUOTE]I have read exactly the opposite. That uncooked egg whites are the easiest protein to digest and the most readily bio-available source that you could eat. The reason for this being that egg whites are a very pure protein source the chicken embryo uses to develop into a chick.

I searched the internet but regardless of the terms I used I could find no source that cites egg whites as a cause of digestive system congestion. I would be curious to know where you read this. :confused:

[QUOTE=vintagedream]"the primary protein in egg whites are very difficult for our body to fully break down and digest. the body sees this partially digested protein as an invader and as such causes an immune system response... and as a result, egg whites can be a major source of allergies."[/QUOTE]Just about any food can be a source of allergies. As with other foods that cause allergies, such as my girlfriend and her brother's allergy to soy, only those who have such allergies need concern themselves with the avoidance of such foods.

[QUOTE=vintagedream]"in addition to that, egg whites have a very binding, glue-like quality. in cooking, they are used to help "bind" batter together, ryt? this binding quality tends to clog and congest our system. add to that the allergy problems, and what you have is a food that is a primary culprit for acne sufferers."[/QUOTE]Egg whites only act as a binder when a certain level of heat is applied. This holds true for any coherent length of proteins as they will denature and coagulate given sufficient heat and rebind in a way that makes them less easily used by the body (but very convenient for cooking).

Here is an explanation of what happens to the egg protein...
[url]http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/568denaturation.html[/url]

However, please note that any volume of egg whites you consume on a regular basis should be avidin neutralized as avidin will bind to the important vitamin Biotin, potentially causing a deficiency.

Here is a full explanation of what happens with avidin and Biotin...
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[QUOTE=vintagedream]personally, i advise we get our protein from cleaner sources. most foods have high protein content, and we really don't need that much protein really. of carbohydrates and fats, protein is the most "dirty" burning source of fuel for your body. we should only ingest protein for building and repair... which is far less than we are accustomed to.[/QUOTE]Uncooked egg whites (powdered or liquid) are probably the cleanest source of protein that I have ever heard of with a full compliment of essential amino acids.

Here is an explanation of the function of protein in the diet and why it is important to get all 20 amino acids...
[url]http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002467.htm[/url]

Most foods in fact are protein poor and most people do not get the daily recommended value of protein to complement their body weight. Protein is indeed a poor source of energy for your body but it is the essential building block of all the cells in your entire body. Carbohydrates are ingested to fuel your body's daily activities but you still need sufficient protein above and beyond what you body needs to maintain what it already has if you want to grow.

To find the RDA guidelines on protein requirements simply run a Google search on "rda protein needs". There are a number of good web sites explaining this.

[QUOTE=vintagedream]arnold schwarzenegger's formula is: [I]eat about 1 gram of protein for every two pounds of body weight.[/I] ;)[/QUOTE]Actually, the correct conversion is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. Using a ratio of 1 gram per pound produces an incorrect value as the two units are from different measurement systems.

As 1 kilogram equals 2.2 pounds, simply divide your weight in pounds by 2.2 to get your weight in kilograms the multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.8 to get the number of grams per day you need. Body builders may need as high as 1.2 g of protein per kg of body weight.

Further explanation of this is found here...
[url]http://www.nwhealth.edu/healthyU/eatWell/protein_2.html[/url]





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