Are eggs good for runners?

This question is about Nutrition and Running

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Freelance Writer

Eggs are good for runners, as they can serve as a healthy protein source. One large egg contains 6 g of high quality protein, and is also a rich source of leucine (an essential amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins). Research suggests that eating proteins with leucine after a run is more effective in stimulating muscle protein synthesis [



For a quick post-run recovery snack, enjoy eggs with toast and fruit for a hearty combination of carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

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  1. Kerksick, C.M., Wilborn, C.D., Roberts, M.D. et al. ISSN exercise & sports nutrition review update: research & recommendations. J Int Soc Sports Nutr 15, 38 (2018).