5

votes

Did any culture eat egg shells?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 23, 2011 at 6:43 AM

I have been thinking about supplementing my calcium intake with egg shells but it worries me that I can't find any examples where they were eaten traditionally. Are there any examples? What would be the reason for this? Are there any possible negative effects from eating the shells?

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on September 24, 2011
at 03:15 AM

That's a good idea. I could boil them with my chicken feet! Oh man, Ray Peat is awesome. He tells me to do crazy stuff and I do it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on September 23, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Yes, I think 3 minutes or so of boiling is enough. I don't know is it worth for you. For some people definitely is, particularly those having parathyroid problems. That depends on your diet, but calcium is everywhere and there is generally no need to supplement. I do think that egg shells are better source of it then any supplement.

6a26f2ca2cd1c5c5afcda9276b309a9c

(584)

on September 23, 2011
at 08:48 PM

Boiling would get rid of the salmonella right? All in all do you think it's worth eating shells?

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on September 23, 2011
at 04:38 PM

do this sometimes too, i never notice the shells. i really do think i absorb the calcium better than any supplement or salmon bones. i have felt my b ones more dense since doing it

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on September 23, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I dry them and crush them up, and squirt on a lemon and just add them to salad or just eat em lol.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 23, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I just didn't care for the taste of them.

  • 6a26f2ca2cd1c5c5afcda9276b309a9c

    asked by

    (584)
  • Views
    1.9K
  • Last Activity
    649D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

4 Answers

3
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:13 PM

Yes, chicken cultures from all the world eat egg shells sometimes.

Are there any possible negative effects from eating the shells

Yes, few - salmonela for one, blood vehicle calcification for two, muscle jerks for three and I wouldn't exclude angry chickens too.

6a26f2ca2cd1c5c5afcda9276b309a9c

(584)

on September 23, 2011
at 08:48 PM

Boiling would get rid of the salmonella right? All in all do you think it's worth eating shells?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on September 23, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Yes, I think 3 minutes or so of boiling is enough. I don't know is it worth for you. For some people definitely is, particularly those having parathyroid problems. That depends on your diet, but calcium is everywhere and there is generally no need to supplement. I do think that egg shells are better source of it then any supplement.

2
D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

(5801)

on September 23, 2011
at 11:43 AM

HGs probably ate eggshells occasionally, but the only thing I could find on them was that they were sometimes used to carry water. If you're using them as a canteen, they'd probably be too valuable whole to eat. There were references to jewelry, but I didn't follow those since they weren't food related.

To grind them into a powder, although not difficult, would probably give poor results if you're using a grinding stone like some modern tribes do with grain - too few shells, lots of grit.

When we scramble eggs, we drop the entire egg, shell and all, into a blender. No problems and the shell pieces are too small to notice.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on September 23, 2011
at 04:38 PM

do this sometimes too, i never notice the shells. i really do think i absorb the calcium better than any supplement or salmon bones. i have felt my b ones more dense since doing it

1
3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

on September 24, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Ray Peat actually recommends boiling them. I would never eat eggshells, boiled or not. But, yes, they're supposed to be good source of calcium.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on September 24, 2011
at 03:15 AM

That's a good idea. I could boil them with my chicken feet! Oh man, Ray Peat is awesome. He tells me to do crazy stuff and I do it.

0
C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

on September 23, 2011
at 04:38 PM

i do this sometimes too, i never notice the shells. i really do think i absorb the calcium better than any supplement or salmon bones. i have felt my b ones more dense since doing it

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!