Eating egg shells

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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 17, 2012 at 1:15 AM

So, I probably don't get enough calcium when not eating canned salmon from TJs. Most days I get ~30% rda if lucky, so I would like to incorporate egg shells. They are 95-97% calcium, and seems like a waste throwing them away. They also seem more natural than supplements. I have seen a couple posts on here about dissolving them in lemon juice. Is this necessary, or can they be powdered and mixed with water to drink? I would think HCL wouldn't have a problem digesting them in the stomach.

1634 · April 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

It's not that big a deal people. Once you turn it into powder, you can sprinkle a small amount on food and not even notice. Also, the calcium from spinach is often difficult to get at. Ever notice spinach teeth after eating it?

8938 · April 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

You can find a recipe at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8AJot5jnbs

8938 · April 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Why is bone broth still considered a good source of calcium? It isn't a good source at all, it probably has even less calcium than the mineral water at the supermarket.

1581 · April 17, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Does this change their texture?

1581 · April 17, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Also, I really don't think you need that much calcium. Eat some spinach or something. Here's a list of foods and their calcium content if you are SURE you need more calcium - http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/food/calcium-foods.htm.

1581 · April 17, 2012 at 3:59 AM

This is epically disgusting to me. Wow. Oh god it's like a nightmare. Seriously. Am I asleep? Please, please wake up. A million times worse than nails down a chalk board. Just saying.

2056 · April 17, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Eating eggshells seems less like a food and more like a punishment. But de gustibus non est disputandum.

2954 · April 17, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Oh dear God! Just have homemade bone broth ;D

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5853 · April 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

You can grind them in coffee grinder for fine powder. Or you might just eat your braised oxtail bones that you add to your stock pot. They go soft enough to eat. And tastes better than eggshell powder.

652 · April 17, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Eggshells are a perfectly acceptable source of calcium. I recommend placing them in boiling water for several minutes just to make sure anything that was riding on the outside of the eggs is dead.

1581 · April 17, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Does this change their texture?

0 · May 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I grind my own eggshells up in a coffee grinder and sprinkle on foods and dogfood, as well. I don't think you're crazy at all...It's also good to mix with eggwhite and use as a nourishing, firming facial...

263 · April 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM

After a workout I will sometimes make a whey protein shake, and I'll drop a whole egg, shell and all in the blender with they whey, and maybe some berries too.

The shell chops up to almost nothing, and I don't taste it.

1721 · April 17, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I think you would be fine to "take" your calcium like that, but it would be difficult to swallow the gritty powder that would result from grinding up eggshells. I think that the reason people use lemon juice is for the ease of use rather than any need to for absorption. Seems like it would be easy enough to swallow in a glass of water, if a bit unpalatable.

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