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Raw eggs?? Are they ok.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Lately I have been adding raw eggs to my morning green smoothie. It's not the Biotin issue I'm concerned about, it's the salmonella issue. I get my eggs from Trader Joe's. The Organic/Free-range kind. As long as I make sure to wash the shell I should be ok, right?

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:12 AM

More than likely an egg is going to be eaten in a bite by any carnivore; if they then experience acute digestive upset, they are likely to not eat that again, even if it may take a few tries to learn the correlation. On a larger scale, if their protein absorption is continually inhibited, they may end up dying out thereby causing evolution to select for those that are not eating the raw eggs.

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on July 11, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I strongly doubt that. If the shell is broken and the egg white is nibbled, then the chick as no chance of making it to adulthood.

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on July 11, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Very good point, RaiseFitness. I gave you a +1. I have noticed that disease travels from the immune weak to the immune weak. People with reduced immune systems give illness to others with reduced immune systems. In fact, when I have exercised to the extreme, that opens me up to getting sick. And I believe that I was already carrying the germ. When I got sick, the germ mutated or gene expressed such that it was able to infect others. If I had not exercised so hard, no one would have gotten sick.

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Yum! Yolks are the nutrient dense portion anyway, I say eat 'em however you like 'em.

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:01 PM

I eat raw yolks, in fact add a few to a vanilla/coconut milk protein shake and you have egg nog!

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0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on July 10, 2012
at 09:42 PM

The whites will contain some enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients, as their natural defense against being eaten.

Per this source: http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Egg_Yolk.html:

Raw egg whites should not be consumed. They contain inhibitors of the digestive enzyme trypsin, which are destroyed by heat. Consuming 100 grams of raw egg white with one egg yolk compared to consuming the same food cooked was shown in one study to reduce protein digestion from 90 percent down to 50 percent.

Raw egg whites also contain an anti-nutrient called avidin. Avidin is a glycoprotein that binds to the B vitamin biotin, preventing its absorption. Biotin is necessary for fatty acid synthesis and the maintenance of blood sugar, and is especially important during pregnancy when biotin status declines.

I know of no reason not to eat yolks raw; I often leave them runny when I cook my eggs.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on July 10, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Yum! Yolks are the nutrient dense portion anyway, I say eat 'em however you like 'em.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on July 11, 2012
at 01:12 AM

More than likely an egg is going to be eaten in a bite by any carnivore; if they then experience acute digestive upset, they are likely to not eat that again, even if it may take a few tries to learn the correlation. On a larger scale, if their protein absorption is continually inhibited, they may end up dying out thereby causing evolution to select for those that are not eating the raw eggs.

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on July 10, 2012
at 10:01 PM

I eat raw yolks, in fact add a few to a vanilla/coconut milk protein shake and you have egg nog!

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on July 11, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I strongly doubt that. If the shell is broken and the egg white is nibbled, then the chick as no chance of making it to adulthood.

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on July 10, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Also your risk of salmonella is diminished given that your eggs did not come from sick/overcrowded/unhealthy chickens. Assuming your health is ok, salmonella is nothing to worry about anyway.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on July 11, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Very good point, RaiseFitness. I gave you a +1. I have noticed that disease travels from the immune weak to the immune weak. People with reduced immune systems give illness to others with reduced immune systems. In fact, when I have exercised to the extreme, that opens me up to getting sick. And I believe that I was already carrying the germ. When I got sick, the germ mutated or gene expressed such that it was able to infect others. If I had not exercised so hard, no one would have gotten sick.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I've been eating raw eggs for years, more often when I'm feeling "off," with no ill effects. While I strongly disagree that "salmonella is nothing to worry about," I do think that with sufficient washing precautions you're actually much more likely to contract E. coli from spinach leaves than anything bad from raw eggs (per my personal experience).

I don't even store my eggs in the fridge any more.

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:34 PM

The bacteria on eggs is on the shell. As long as the shells are intact, and you consume them immediately, you should be fine. Any cracked eggs should be immediately discarded, whether you heat them or not.

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on July 10, 2012
at 09:12 PM

There is about a 1/2000 chance that a raw egg is infected with salmonella, so roll the dice if you want. I usually don't worry about it, but you can pasturize your eggs. Google how to do it, but IIRC, dipping an egg in boiling water for 30 seconds should do the trick. And give you peace of mind.

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Thanks for all the answers guys! My mind is at ease :) haha

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