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Going for Gold

on August 2, 2012

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What do Mr Strong and Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins have in common? Eggs.
In the past eggs have had really bad press for being high in cholesterol but in reality they are a treasure chest of proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals, including iron and zinc. They are low in sodium. Eggs can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, they are great for picnics and are essential for so many puddings, cakes and sauces. A recent report revealed that eggs today are better for us than they were 30 years ago, due to the diets of chickens. Hens are no longer fed meat and bonemeal, but healthier foods such as vegetable oil, meaning that they are producing eggs with 70% more Vitamin D, 13% less calories and 20% less fat than previously. A medium egg now has just 66 calories, while a large egg comes in at 78. Adding two eggs to your diet every day will give you two thirds of your recommended amount of Vitamin D, which is essential for a healthy body,
The flavour of an egg is concentrated in its yolk and is determined by what the hen eats, eg corn. The Poulet de Bresse hen is fed on corn and spring water, Temple Farm in Essex feeds its free roaming hens the farm’s own wheat. Here at Gillybirds coop the girls are now well established on their layers pellets, with supplements of corn, potato mash and the occasional left overs of cauliflower and broccoli. Yesterday there was a noisy fracas over a poor slug that had inadvertently strayed into the run and was vigorously fought over.
Mr Strong owes his strength to eating nothing but eggs, Bradley Wiggins’s amazing cycling success has been attributed to complete dedication to his sport training, but also incredibly to reducing his body fat to only 4 1/2 %. During Le Tour, Wiggins consumed around 7,000 calories a day through a diet of pasta, omelettes and croissants, oat and honey energy bars: he burned around 8,000 calories daily though.
One last thought – the ring where the pedals are attached on a bicycle is normally round ,Wiggins’s is egg shaped. Strange but true.The result of this is a maximisation of pedalling efficiency when your legs are at their strongest point. So the experts say anyway. Whether it is his diet or his cycle design, Wiggo is proof that eggs are good for you!

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