Feb 17 2009

The Health Benefits of Raw Eggs

Posted at 5:52 am under Health and Fitness


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These days it seems like “salmonella” and “raw eggs” go hand-in-hand. Any time one word comes up the other shortly follows. While it’s true that salmonella can be a very serious illness and it is possible to contract it from raw eggs, the chances are much slimmer than many believe and the pure proteins and nutrients your body gets from them are very beneficial!

The reason people eat raw eggs (usually people trying to build muscle) is because when heated, an egg’s chemical shape is altered and it loses alot of pure protein and nutrients. In raw form eggs provide some of the purest forms of protein in the World.

This pure protein is much more beneficial to the tissue in the human body, so muscle growth and development is accelerated (all muscle and organs in the human body are basically made from protein.)

For many this isn’t enough for them to risk salmonella, but if you’re a healthy human being salmonella isn’t a serious condition and can easily be treated. Not only that, but the risk is very small in the first place. In 2002 the Department of Agriculture (U.S.) conducted a study which found that only 2.3 million out of 63 Billion eggs that were produced that year were contaminated with salmonella. That sounds like a large number, but when you do the math you’ll see that it comes down to only 0.003%

Eating only the Whites

This is actually one thing I would worry about more than salmonella. If you do like MANY people advise, and only eat the egg white, did you know that there is a VERY good chance that you’ll develop a biotin deficiency?

When an egg is cooked this isn’t an issue, but eating raw egg whites, without the yolk, can cause serious health issues. Fortunately the yolk is rich in biotin, so by eating the egg whole there is no risk of this deficiency. The yolk does have alot of cholesterol, but it’s mainly good cholesterol and there are definitely more positives to eating raw eggs than there are negatives!

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12 responses so far

12 Responses to “The Health Benefits of Raw Eggs”

  1. Bob Exercise Tips Blickon 17 Feb 2009 at 2:18 pm 1

    Josh-

    It still is a bit scary. I used to love mixing raw eggs with milk and adding sugar and vanilla – a eggnog drink. But I have become a bit concerned about the health consequences. kind of like rolling the dice. I see what you are saying about the odds but – I don’t know.

  2. markuson 01 Jul 2009 at 4:29 am 2

    I totally agree, raw egg being a complete meal(with all the nutrients and vitamins)really makes sense that it should be taken as a whole otherwise, when you heat, beat, blend or cook it , it just alters its entire chemistry. Growing up , I know in the past that a lot of people would take them raw and are safe until these recent times when people are exaggerating its negativity unfortunately.

  3. vijyon 17 Nov 2009 at 12:33 pm 3

    Its true raw eggs are good than the boiled ones, I will have daily two in the morning.

  4. Edon 30 Dec 2009 at 11:22 am 4

    I’ve been using raw eggs for several years now inspired by a guy Aajonus Vonderplanitz! I don’t use them to build muscle but they are fantastic for getting back to sleep if ur lying awake. Virtually never fails

  5. Dianneon 29 Jun 2010 at 12:09 pm 5

    I have been reading about raw eggs because someone recommended that my father who has atrial fibrilation and just had a stroke consume large quantities of them. Apparently the conatain the amino acid, Taurine, which is actually very good for the heart and particularly atrial fibrilation. Upon sharing this info with my mom, she told me she knew of a man years ago who lived to be 110 years old who ate 10 raw eggs blended with orange juice every day of his life.

  6. Edon 29 Jun 2010 at 1:47 pm 6

    At least one other thing to mention is that most kinds of raw eating I do draws all kinds of ridiculous in my opinion, warnings. Enough sportsmen and women eat raw eggs as a standard part of their diets that it doesn’t seem to have people commenting that I must be weird, which at first I expected might happen.

  7. Remion 04 Jul 2010 at 5:26 pm 7

    I just began my regime 2 days ago. I break two eggs in a glass and add milk just to avoid looking at the rawness of the eggs (LOL), but really, I do not gag or anything. I do not taste it so I am fine with that. It feels good after consumption. I developed a bad habit of not eating properly over the years, skipping meals and eating very tiny rations. I am just lucky that I did not fall sick. However, I want to build a healthy eating habit so I decided to follow the eggs and milk drink in the morning. I feel stronger, revitalized, refreshed, satisfied and my appetite is gaining at a faster rate than it did before I decided to try this. Oh, and I sleep better not to mention, my legendary memory has gotten a new spark. If that is just in my head, I like it if not, I like it all the same (LOL).

  8. Online Marketeron 27 Jul 2010 at 2:08 pm 8

    The salmonella mostly comes from the outside of the egg- on its shell. Then when you crack the egg open and it drips down the shell on its’ way out, it picks up the bacteria. The egg inside is clean and bacteria-free when freshly laid. But think about where the outside of the egg- the shell- has been! It has been laid on a poopy, dirty chicken house floor, full of bacteria.
    So, whether your eggs are farm-fresh or store-bought, wash the shell well before cracking open the egg. Wash your hands too. The salmonella and fears of contracting it will both go down the drain.
    Peggy

  9. Sandraon 15 Feb 2011 at 9:52 pm 9

    Raw eggs are a #1 source of glutathione as well, which is the leading antioxidant for the body. Glutathione with vitamine c (3 raw eggs contain a woppin 750 mg glutathione combined with 1500 vitamin C) will actually lighten the skin substantially over time. There are now studies concluding that Glutathione is the building block to heal alzheimers, which makes sense since eggs are brain food. So 6 eggs raw without the C is helping with this disease. I take 2 a day with cinnamin…not bad at all. Of course when i first started I would have a handful of blueberrys on hand and eat before I would even breath, but really didn’t need them.

  10. Mohaddis Thoteon 23 May 2011 at 9:51 am 10

    he!!!! go ahead and eat it.It’s completely beneficial

  11. Dagon 18 Sep 2011 at 9:06 pm 11

    Ed above said that eating a raw egg puts him back to sleep. I shall try that tonight. I too have been eating raw eggs daily. I have been placing them in a VitaMix along with milk, etc. and eating them that way. But, I have read in many places that the egg protein is very fragile and will get destroyed that way. So now I still make my smoothie but without the eggs. I place four eggs in a glass cup, stir them briefly with a fork then down them BEFORE I drink my smoothie. That works.

  12. Johnon 16 Nov 2013 at 2:43 pm 12

    Wasn’t the original “Orange Julius” blended with a raw egg, before the scare of salmonella ?

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