Vince Gironda And Eggs

I must have read it a hundred times but I still do not understand your position on the eating of eggs Mr. Gironda.

Please answer these three questions.

1. How many eggs do you eat a day?

2. How many eggs would you recommend a person with a high cholesterol count to eat daily?

3. How many eggs should person who is allergic to eggs eat?

The answers to your questions are as follows:

1. I personally eat no eggs at all. The reason for this is that I am not currently trying to add muscle size.

2. A person suffering from high cholesterol should keep his fat low.

Only eat eggs occasionally as they are high in fat.

3. I should have thought the answer to this question is obvious.

Of course a person allergic to eggs, should not eat them!

Now, as to my stand with regard to eggs, that so many seem to find amusing or absurd. I recommend the egg as an excellent source of nutrition for the bodybuilder because it is recognized by nutritional scientists as being the highest quality protein known to human kind.

You probably hear the word “biological” used in terms of nutrition when referring to protein. A biological percentage is not the percentage of protein in a food, it is a term that refers to the structure of protein, indicating how near it is to human tissue.

For example, according to British expert Bernard Beverley human tissue is 100 percent biological.

Since we can’t go around eating each other, we have to settle for second best. That is…eggs!!

They are 95 percent biological in terms of amino acid structure. They are not 95 percent protein. In actual fact, an egg is only about 6 percent protein, but that protein is 95 percent usable in building human muscle tissue.

Next in line to eggs comes milk, organ meats, liver, kidneys, heart – then red meats such as steak, lamb and finally poultry and fish. Protein derived from the soya bean for example, is not high on the list. It’s only about 22 percent biological, so you need a large amount of the higher quality protein foods to supply the essential amino acid balance.

Rather than take steroids I advise bodybuilders in normal robust health to take up to three dozen eggs daily, to push their muscles to a new plateau. I do not suggest that they do this for the rest of their lives.

Nutrition is to be used to achieve a specific goal. You want size, then go for it with eggs. There is nothing better, so get crackin’. After 6-8 weeks or so you can drop down your egg intake to just one or two a day.

Try another diet such as red meat and fresh vegetables…or a diet high in milk products or fish. There are scores of regimens to follow, and each will help you achieve a specific goal.

  1. I was reading about the egg diet. I am female who wants to gain muscle mass. I currently weight is 98 pounds. I want to try eating more eggs but I do not know if 1-3 dozen of eggs is too much for my body size. I am 5’1. I want get very lean. I broke my leg and I am not able to do cardio exercise cause I can not put any weight on my leg. I have been eatiing alot of chicken and I want to change things up and try the eggs. What do you recomend for someone my size to eat per day. Since I am sitting on my butt all day. I still go to they gym and do upper body weight training.

  2. “2. A person suffering from high cholesterol should keep his fat low.
    Only eat eggs occasionally as they are high in fat.”

    Gironda wrote this before 1990, back when the mis-information about the adverse effect of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol was commonly accepted as “fact”. It’s one of Gironda’s rare errors. If he was still alive today, when it’s understood dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on serum cholesterol (apart from an indirect effect if it involves eating too many calories due to too much dietary fat, so making a person overweight and consequently prone to high serum cholesterol), I expect Gironda would retract this error and reply according to current science.

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