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You may have seen Sylvester Stallone consume raw eggs in the movie Rocky. You may also have heard that consuming raw eggs gives you a risk of salmonella poisoning.
Will I get sick from eating raw eggs?
The truth is if you consume raw eggs from organic, free range chickens then you will not get sick. It is approximately 1 in 30000 eggs (this number is actually skewed because of the inclusion of factory farmed chickens, excluded the ratio would be much higher) that will make you sick if you eat them raw.
Cooking the egg denatures the proteins and destroys all of the enzymes within the egg. All of the vitamins will be denatured. Denatured foods aren’t recognized by the body as well as natural, raw foods.
A simple test to see if an egg is good is to break it into your cup and smell it, if it smells off then don’t eat it.
Eggs are rich in vitamins/health promoting constituents including:
So how do I eat raw eggs for maximum benefit?
The best way to eat raw eggs is by breaking them into a cup, checking that it is good quality (smell, sight), and then drinking it straight. Start with one and see how you feel.
While you can add them to smoothies, salads etc. It has been shown that blending the eggs in this way destroys many of the enzymes through oxidization. That isn’t to say that adding raw eggs to a pre-workout smoothie won’t hurt, it just makes logical sense to have it separate.
So why did raw eggs get a bad rap?
The problem lies not with organic naturally laid eggs but with factory farmed, GMO grain, arsenic (you read that right) fed chickens. These chickens don’t get much, if any at all sunlight and are in awful conditions.
Another reason eggs are seen as bad is because of their high cholesterol content. The majority of cholesterol in our bodies is actually produced by our liver and isn’t affected by our dietary intake.