When it comes to eggs, different people have different opinions on how cooked an egg should be. Some prefer their eggs well-done. Others like it a bit undercooked with the yolk still a little bit gooey and liquid. And a few want their eggs raw.
Raw eggs are not what most people would think healthy or safe to ingest. But others still suggest that you consume raw eggs, especially to those who want to build up their muscles. So, is it safe to eat raw eggs?
Eggs are highly nutritious. They contain numerous amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, B2, B5, B12, E, D, and K, iodine, phosphorous, choline, and lutein. Eggs are also a rich source of protein and essential fatty acids. But once you cook the eggs, these nutrients are reduced. Because of the heat, the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids are altered. This happens pretty much to all cooked food. Although in some cases, the nutrients are made much more readily available.
This is one good reason to eat raw eggs. And when you think of the nutrients that raw egg offers alone then there is no denying that raw eggs are good for your health. But one of the major issues that people who feel squeamish about consuming raw eggs is that it can harbor the deadly salmonella bacteria. Salmonella causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, and headache.
On the other hand, contacting the dangerous salmonella bacteria is not common when eating raw eggs. The chance of eating a raw egg infected with salmonella is 1-in-20,000 to 1-in-30,000. This is way lower than the chance of you drowning or slipping and falling. And since there are only a few salmonella cases that end with death, then there really is a small chance of you dying of salmonella because of eating raw eggs.
And if you consider getting eggs from organic and free-range hens, the chances of getting salmonella is even less. Most of the contamination of salmonella are also only on the shell. And since you won’t be consuming the eggshell then there really is less chance of you getting infected by salmonella.
Salmonella is really the only thing that worries many people about the safety of consuming raw eggs. And since there is a very small chance of you getting salmonella then you can say that eating raw eggs is safe. But whether or not eating eggs raw is beneficial for your health, it’s not as healthful as most people believed it to be. Recent studies have shown that cooking the egg makes the proteins in them more accessible for consumption. Eating raw egg whites are also not advisable because of the anti-nutrient avidin, which is abundant in raw egg whites. Avidin binds with the nutrient biotin (vitamin B7), which is essential cell growth and metabolism.
Should you eat raw eggs? It all depends on what you prefer.