When you’re working hard and setting your sights on building a toned and muscular physique, fueling your body with testosterone-boosting food will give your body that extra bit of oomph it needs at the gym.
Whether you’re experiencing the effects of low testosterone levels, or are simply trying to get that desirable physique, there is no need to seek out synthetic, anabolic steroids when the testosterone your body needs is naturally found in certain (and delicious) foods.
Bacon and eggs. Staples of the American breakfast, and both equally scrumptious, especially paired together.
But which is better at providing the testosterone our muscles need?
Before we examine whether bacon or eggs are better at supplying our bodies with testosterone, we need to understand why testosterone is necessary for muscle growth.
The development of our muscles depends on a major biological process known as protein synthesis. The cells in our bodies are constantly dying and being replaced by new cells. When we weightlift, we’re essentially damaging the cells in our muscles. Protein synthesis regenerates new cells throughout our bodies and directly to the muscles where proteins are significantly needed, especially after muscle loss.
Testosterone is the natural hormone that’s not only responsible for forming the male anatomy, but for maintaining the health and strength of the musculoskeletal system. Testosterone keeps our bones and muscles strong by pumping new blood cells throughout the body.
So while we depend on protein to replenish damaged cells, testosterone is also necessary for preventing muscle loss. In the case of someone who is looking to buff up, an extra bit of testosterone can help.
There are several ambiguities when studying the links between testosterone and cholesterol. Studying testosterone and cholesterol individually is also difficult. There are varieties of studies out there that suggest different things about cholesterol and testosterone.
For instance, some studies suggest that high doses of testosterone can raise the levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), which can lead to heart disease. On the contrary, other studies suggest that testosterone aids HDL cholesterol (the good kind) in keeping arteries healthy.
Eggs and bacon both contain necessary protein and fat that our bodies need. But is one truly better than the other?
Bacon tends to get a bad rep for being greasy, salty, and processed. Despite its ambiguous and often bad rep, bacon is in fact full of cholesterol and saturated fats which are not only necessary for maintaining cardiovascular health, but for boosting testosterone, too.
Yes, too much cholesterol and saturated fats can clog our arteries and become problematic to our health. But in people with healthy levels of cholesterol, bacon is okay to consume when paired with exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.
When comparing the exact amounts of protein and fats between eggs and bacon, eggs pack in a little more protein and fat. But like bacon, egg yolks get a bad rep, too. Egg yolks are full of HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and can help raise testosterone level in our bodies.
It’s been said that too much of anything can be a bad thing. In the debate of whether bacon or eggs are better at building testosterone, the saying goes the same. Too much cholesterol can be bad. Too much fat can be bad. Too much testosterone can be bad.
But when the levels of all these components are moderated and balanced, our muscular health can thrive.
How do we fuel ourselves and set ourselves up for the body of our dreams without raising the levels of cholesterol and testosterone to dangerous levels?
We limit our intake of testosterone-boosting foods, like eggs and bacon. We shouldn’t eat this stuff every day, but eating them while maintaining a nutritious diet that’s paired with exercise can be good for us.
So it’s okay to have some bacon with your eggs before the gym. Your muscles, and your taste buds, will thank you.