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Are my pastured unpasteurized eggs safe to eat raw?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2012 at 5:29 AM

You'd think I'd have found a clear answer regarding this, but I wasn't able to find anything on PH or anywhere else on the web!

I get fresh pastured eggs from a local farm. From what I've gathered, the chickens are as free-range as it gets, spending most of their waking hours in the Arizona sunshine (possibly something to which i can attribute my recent development of keratosis pilaris--along with my weekly 10-mile walks!). They live in sanitary, natural conditions and are fed a steady diet of various grasses, vegetable and fruit scraps and bugs. SEEMS LEGIT!

Are these eggs--the yolks, anyway--safe to eat raw? I've read conflicting information about unpasteurized eggs, with some sources saying they're okay as long as you're not immuno-compromised and/or pregnant and others saying you should NEVER eat unpasteurized eggs raw, conventional or not--and still other sources saying you should just pasteurize them yourself (a process for which I'd have to purchase a food thermometer, I think). Some sources say the risk that a pastured egg is carrying salmonella is significant, regardless of conditions or feed.

What do you all think? I currently eat them soft-boiled, but I'd love to be able to incorporate another raw animal food into my diet besides fish!

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on August 21, 2013
at 10:58 AM

How did caveman survive before cooking?

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on August 21, 2013
at 10:57 AM

You mean you can't judge a book by its cover?

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on May 11, 2012
at 09:39 PM

This link has the numbers for factory farmed eggs, not pastured eggs.

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on April 28, 2012
at 01:16 PM

If you're in good health, I think it's worth it to try. How would you eat them, just blend and chug? I personally wouldn't eat raw eggs because of gut-related issues. Btw, what do you mean by your comment on keratosis pilaris?

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on May 11, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I have been eating raw pasture eggs from heirloom chickens for about two years now. I have between 6 and 12 a day depending and I have never had a problem. At the beginning I ate only one every other day for a few weeks and then went to one every day. From there I added an egg a week until I was at the current 6 to 12 a day. I think any problem with getting sick from raw eggs comes from diving in too fast. I you have never eaten raw foods (milk, cheese, eggs, meat) it would be wise to start off with a 'very' small amount. The body grow stronger and adjust to the raw eggs (or whatever else raw).

People in todays society have been hit with so much media hype about bacteria being bad for us that the truth has been crushed. The truth is that bacteria is very 'good' for our bodies and necessary for proper digestion and vibrant health. Nearly everything people eat these days has been pasteurized and altered from what it originally was. My diet is 100% raw and I have never felt so amazing. I do not get sick and my energy is very high. It took about two years for me to become fully raw and my body certainly went through adjustments. I did get diarrhea a few times but it was not horrible or deadly. The scare over salmonella is only real if you are eating factory farmed eggs, milk, and meats.

Raw eggs from organic, pasture raised chickens are an amazing health giving food that everyone should eat, children included. If someone disagrees with these statements than you are stuck in a conditioned mentality from what you have been told over and over again from childhood. Raw food is the best for you, just take it slow and make sure it is all organic, grass fed, and preferably from family farms.

If you want to understand more about how our food is being factory farmed and the necessity for change please watch the film 'FRESH' by Sofia Joanes.

Remember it is very important to question dogma, question ideology, question outside authority. It is only by questioning what people take for granted, what people hold to be true, that we can break through the hypnosis of social conditioning.

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on April 28, 2012
at 01:12 PM

I've been eating raw free range eggs just about every day for a few years now. It's quicker and easier and haven't gotten sick yet. I have heard chances of getting sick are almost zero to a very, very, very small percentage. I can't remember the exact rough percentage though.

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on April 28, 2012
at 11:50 AM

Great egg article about Sal - http://news.discovery.com/human/egg-salmonella-bacteria.html

That being what it is, getting salmonella is like winning the lottery. So, I think its a good idea to keep a months worth (or more) of Cipro on hand just in case along with an anti nausea medication for emergency situations. (Beats going to the ER while pooping and puking everywhere).

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:54 AM

I eat similar eggs raw, ~5/day for the past 4 years without any problems.

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on August 21, 2013
at 06:03 AM

Why would you want to eat raw eggs? You can't even digest the protein unless it's cooked. You probably won't get sick, but, you're making the eggs LESS nutritious not more so.

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on August 21, 2013
at 10:58 AM

How did caveman survive before cooking?

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on May 11, 2012
at 09:39 PM

This link has the numbers for factory farmed eggs, not pastured eggs.

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on April 28, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Having puked my guts out on raw oysters I'd be cooking them.

The oysters were pretty too.

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on August 21, 2013
at 10:57 AM

You mean you can't judge a book by its cover?

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