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  • Eating raw eggs for fats, minerals/vitamins, good idea?

    Its basically to save time in the mornings. Since I'm working out I'll be taking protein shakes in the morning, they are pretty nutritionally devoid so they need something extra. Eggs are amazing but if I don't have to cook/blend them its even better.

    As far as I'm aware the only downside to eating raw eggs is that the protein is less bioavailable, but I'm not that bothered about the protein. I want it for the fats, cholesterol, etc I may be wrong though.
    Is there any downsides to eating eggs raw apart from protein bioavailability?
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    Make sure you wash them so there's less risk of getting salmonella. Why can't you make a batch of eggs and refrigerate them for easier access in the AM? Raw eggs are slimy and not too palatable for me.
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    • #3
      Egg nog! Throw em in some cream or milk and turn on a hand/stick blender. Add a tiny bit of sweetener and spices and y'got it.
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      • #4
        I don't think you are supposed to eat the whites raw.

        I think it was a blog post by Masterjohn that talks about this. He eats his eggs standing over the trash can, throwing out the whites and slurping up the yolks, or something like that. I'm sure that's nutritious, but not something I would do.

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        • #5
          Avidin binds to biotin and could be an issue. The avidin is in the raw egg white....

          So maybe just shoot the yolks raw and keep the whites for something else.

          Found this blog post by Mark Drinking Raw Eggs: Is it Healthy? | Mark's Daily Apple

          I like the taste of raw egg yolks straight or I use them in a smoothie or in homemade mayo. All good for me! I don't care for the whites raw anyhow though.
          Last edited by Neckhammer; 12-31-2012, 09:39 AM.

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          • #6
            I have been eating raw eggs for many, many years, whole eggs, white only, and also yolk only. Everything goes, and my health is very good! I also eat cooked eggs, sometimes a lot of them, so don't worry; eggs are exellent food raw or cooked...
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            • #7
              What about hard-boiled? You could probably even peel and season them ahead of time so you wouldn't have to do a thing in the morning except grab and eat. It would probably take less time than trying to eat it raw without making a mess.

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              • #8
                I make a smoothie using raw yolks (from local pastured chickens) and cooked whites (because raw whites interfere with nutrient absorption). But that is more elaborate than what you are looking for.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kata View Post
                  What about hard-boiled? You could probably even peel and season them ahead of time so you wouldn't have to do a thing in the morning except grab and eat. It would probably take less time than trying to eat it raw without making a mess.
                  It takes more time ultimately and I can down raw eggs fine. Its not for pleasure this, just function. Thanks guys, I may just look into eating the egg yolk since that is where most of the nutrition lies and its more palatable than eating the egg whites (which is like snot).
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                  • #10
                    Just put two raw egg yolks in my salad today....mix it in with the EVOO and vinegar for the dressing.

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                    • #11
                      The protein (IIRC) in cooked eggs is something like 40% more bioavailable than in raw eggs. Yeah it's "badass" to eat raw eggs but nutritionally there's no point. Plus you miss out on the opportunity to cook the eggs in healthy fats like coconut oil, etc.

                      Also...not enough time to cook eggs? Wake up 3 minutes earlier.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by carlh View Post
                        The protein (IIRC) in cooked eggs is something like 40% more bioavailable than in raw eggs. Yeah it's "badass" to eat raw eggs but nutritionally there's no point.
                        Don't be too sure about that, I cannot "prove it" but I highly suspect that raw eggs makes me recuperate better from exercise and make my immune system work better. And your argument goes to raw vegetables as well, cooking may help with bio availability, but keeping some raw food may help with other things, so I personally make sure to get some raw eggs as well as vegetables and sometimes even a little uncooked fish or beef tartar…
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                        • #13
                          Well...there is quite a bit of science available for the looking up - it is specific, and it does matter. Bioavailability isn't a blanket raw-vs-cooked topic. I in no way intended to say that because eggs may be more useful cooked this applies to other food as well. It depends on the foodstuff and the nutrient and the cooking method. Some nutrients in vegetables are more available raw; some lightly cooked. I think overall unless you're really trying to dial something in specifically a variety is most important.

                          Here's a quick google doohickey on my particular egg point:

                          Researchers fed healthy subjects raw or cooked eggs. “When the eggs were cooked, the proportion of protein digested averaged 91 percent to 94 percent," Wrangham reports. On the other hand, the digestibility of raw eggs was a meager 65 percent. “The results showed that 35 percent…of the ingested protein was leaving the small intestine undigested. Cooking increases the protein value of eggs by around 40 percent.
                          from: Eggs, cooked or raw?
                          Last edited by carlh; 01-02-2013, 01:31 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Yeah, they are researching the parameter of bio-availability of proteins only. There may be thousands of other aspects into raw eggs that also counts for human health and that are not on the radar of the scientists...
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                            • #15
                              From a health perspective, I think the raw vs cooked egg argument can go either way. My biggest "concern" with taking raw eggs has to do with the potential for Salmonella exposure. The risk is pretty small, but if you've ever had Salmonella poisoning, you won't soon forget the experience....... Since it takes the same amount of time to boil a dozen eggs as it does to do just one, I'd rather boil a crapload of them and store them in the fridge..... but, I'm just a lazy fat guy!

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