Most of us grew up with the view that raw eggs were dangerous and contained salmonella, these days we’re approaching food with more of an open mind.
Raw eggs are packed with beneficial nutrients, as are cooked eggs so what’s the difference?
Basically, heat destroys the enzymes that help us absorb nutrients so we take in more of the vitamins and minerals found in yolks.
By removing the egg white you’re less likely to experience an allergic reaction to eggs and they are gentler on the digestive system compared to being cooked.
Let’s talk nutrients…
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A is only found in animal products and egg yolks are a rich source of this vitamin necessary for balancing hormones.
- Vitamin D – Like vitamin A, vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin lacking in the Western diet. Most people are not receiving adequate vitamin D from sunlight.
- Choline – 1 egg yolk provides 35% of your daily allowance of choline. Choline it vital for detoxification, as it helps neutralise toxins.
- Selenium – Egg yolks are nature’s thyroid support supplement.
- Iodine – 1 egg yolk containing 27 micrograms of iodine.
- Vitamin B6 – This heat-sensitive vitamin is damaged with cooking, so raw yolks ensures the maximum absorption of the nutrient.
- Biotin – An egg provides about 25% of your daily needs for biotin. This vitamin plays a key role in skin, hair, metabolic and blood-sugar health.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – These anti-inflammatory fats are vital for general wellbeing.
- Cholesterol – Cholesterol in egg yolks provide health-protective properties and play a key role in immune strength.
More and more people are including raw eggs into their everyday diet, so what are the benefits and is it really safe?
Yes, eating raw eggs is safe - if they come from the right source. Look for a high quality egg supplier, these eggs are less likely to contain salmonella bacteria. Obviously, if you’re pregnant, elderly or have a weak immune system you might want to seek medical advice before including raw eggs into your diet.
The texture is weird, how should I eat them?
The texture can be a bit too much for some people and is quite off putting. Think about adding them to milkshakes or smoothies, the texture won’t affect the drink too much, actually it’ll make them a bit creamier!