Eating Raw Eggs/Egg Whites

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    Oct 12, 2007 3:19 AM GMT
    So I know that there is a health risk, (salmonella, etc.) with eating raw eggs, but I actually enjoy them. I know a lot of people that consume several raw eggs and it's good for protein, staying in shape, etc.

    I was just wondering the proper way to eat a raw egg. Do you separate the egg whites from the yolk, and if so how do you do this. Or do you simple eat the raw egg whole, yolk included?

    I've always included the yolk, but I heard that it is the egg whites that are the most nutritious. Can anyone help me out?

    Also, what does anyone know about just drinking egg beaters, the egg whites that come in the milk cartons? (or whatever they are called)

    How many is too many to consume? My problem is that I will not eat a cooked egg. It makes me sick.

    Please HELP!
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    Oct 12, 2007 5:47 AM GMT
    Well, I don't eat raw eggs, well at least by themselves, but in other things yes. The risk is overall probably small.

    Separating the white form the yolk is a time honored cooking technique -- think meringue -- and not that hard. Probably the best advice is just try it with a few eggs. I try to break it in the middle and use the shells as a cup to isolate the yolk, but I admit that probably sounds confusing. But really it's not that hard if you just want to isolate the whites by themselves.
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    Oct 12, 2007 5:52 AM GMT
    just don't be teachin' granny to suck eggs
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    Oct 12, 2007 7:05 AM GMT
    Dumb
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    Oct 12, 2007 7:18 AM GMT
    egg yolks are fat bombs simple as that try and keep yuor egg yolk intake to a minimum
  • Nudista

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    Oct 12, 2007 12:23 PM GMT
    Hey Dax...I'll tell you what I know.

    There was a point...maybe 8 months ago, where i decided to go for raw egg whites for my main protein source for my workouts. Bottom line...it worked.

    I did my research of course....and what i found was that the risk of salmonella poisining WAS present mathematically....but the chances of it was REDICULOUS. I forgot the numbers but something like one in 12,000 commercial eggs may carry it mostly in the YOLK since the white is not a good environment for bacteria to thrive. Stay away from cracked eggs...a point of entry for bacteria, otherwise an uncracked egg is nearly impossible for bacteria to penetrate in a well refrigerated egg. And even if you were unlucky enough to catch this sole egg-your immune system is likely to combat the bacteria before it did anything to you assuming your not immune compromised.

    I did this for maybe 3 months straight(maybe 18-25 egg whites a day)...and like i said, IT WORKED...I made some considerable weight/muscle gains...BUT let me warn you, if you plan on doing this expect some horrendous gas...I mean the type of gas that will evacuate the entire building you are in faster than a raging inferno!!!
    Also, sometimes people get diareah...from what i read in the research. Last, its pretty messy and some people will look at you weird. My mother thought i was crazy to crack 6 of her eggs and throwing out all the yolks then chugging down the slimy whites. She thought i was just plain NASTY! I just laughed at her and kept chugging. I had usually 6 egg whites per serving before and after workouts then maybe one or two other timed later in the day. Just crack that egg and let the whites go in the glass my friend. Catch the yolk and let it slip down the drain. Thats all i did. Wash your hands well before doing this obviously.

    So...bottom line...it worked for me but in the end i chose to go with something just as effective and not as messy without the horrible gas...protein shakes.

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    Oct 12, 2007 1:01 PM GMT
    The proper way to eat raw eggs:

    First, gently open the egg into a standard wine glass.

    Swirl the egg around the walls of the glass and observe how slowly it drips back to the center of the bottom of the glass. If it drips down slowly, that means the egg has legs. You don't want an egg with legs. That's a chicken. Next, sniff the egg for any detectable odor. If there is no odor, that means the egg doesn't have any bouquet at all. You'll have to order flowers in to accompany your dining experience. Finally, just pour the egg down your throat and gulp.
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    Oct 12, 2007 1:05 PM GMT
    Guys, there's a far safer way to get what you're looking for.


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    http://www.eggwhitesint.com

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    http://www.eggology.com



    most major cities have a purveyor of pasteurized liquid eggwhites.... in the SF area it's Lana's. The two I listed above ship nationally and have a fairly wide retail store presence.

    Our company retails them to people in the Palm Springs area, and Dave & I use them extensively in our eating plans.

    NOTE: The link problem was MY problem. All links must begin with "HTTP://" or the system will think they are relative links. Thanks for Chris for the info.
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    Oct 12, 2007 1:21 PM GMT
    I love eggs, but make mine cooked. Besides, cooked eggs are actually more digestible:

    http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/128/10/1716
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    Oct 12, 2007 1:23 PM GMT
    I read an article, here on RJ, that basically said whole eggs are cool (in moderation like anything) but you shouldn't cook them in such a way as to break the yolk. Hardboiled, softboiled, over easy are all good ways to eat your yolk and your albumin.
  • Nudista

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    Oct 12, 2007 1:31 PM GMT
    Yeah Paradox but i think Dax's problem is that he can't digest cooked eggs very well.

    PSBigJoey I think was sending us to an egg-based nutrition sight which im assuming they have egg-whites already pasteurized. A smart alternative that might be of interest to DaxSeason21. For some reason the link just takes me back to RJ's.
  • art_smass

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    Oct 12, 2007 1:32 PM GMT
    I had salmonella poisoning when I was fourteen or fifteen. It was gruesome. Now I'm very careful around eggs, washing my hands after cracking them to avoid cross-contamination. I never want to go through that again.
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    Oct 12, 2007 1:36 PM GMT
    As an Atkins dropout I can no longer eat eggs. Just cracking them and watching them flop into the bowl is enough to make me retch. I wil often dry heave over the sink for several minutes. This thread itself is turning my stomach.
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    Oct 12, 2007 6:35 PM GMT
    My thing is I was just confused as to what to digest. I have in the past, simply cracked the egg, poured the whites and yolk into a class and swallowed. Now I am starting to realize that I should have just eaten the whites and separated the yolk.

    And yes, cooked eggs make me sick, not so much sick, I just won't eat them. I dunno, I'm wierd.

    People laugh all the time when I tell them I would gladly take a raw egg over a cooked one anyday, haha.
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    Oct 12, 2007 6:36 PM GMT
    I usually put it in hot, just boiled water -
    mostly to check the integrity (NO BACTERIA!).
    - If it's broken i boil it further )
    - if not - i took it out and eat right away (especially after recent training).
    Or can hold it for 1-2 munites in hot not-boiling water - it becomes white near shell - so tea-spoon needed.
    And, finishing the breakfast with hard-boiled egg-whites - i rarely eat yolk of them - it's useless.
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    Oct 13, 2007 12:22 AM GMT
    Long term, eating raw egg whites without the yolks can cause biotin deficiency. Raw egg whites contain a glycoprotein called avidin, which binds to biotin. Egg yolks are a rich source of biotin. Cooking neutralizes the avidin's ability to bind to biotin.
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    Oct 13, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    simple answer is just dont eall the egg yolks :-)

    Didnt this salmonella scare all arise out of a problem in Spain about 20 years ago that was rapidly brought back under control?
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    Oct 13, 2007 3:19 PM GMT
    Raw eggs?! Bleurgh!!!!
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    Oct 13, 2007 3:36 PM GMT
    I know vile thought isnt it!
  • ciizer

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    Jun 22, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    IS there anyone else in present day still consuming raw eggs? i just had my 1st experience with raw eggs. i thought the texture of raw egg was a little odd to taste.

    or should i consume protein shake instead? i'm trying to keep my diet natural. any advice is appreciated.
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    Jun 22, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    A study in The Journal of Nutrition showed that egg protein became 40% more bioavailable after cooking than before. As also pointed out by a previous poster, raw egg whites bind to biotin, making it unavailable. Of course biotin is a critical component of amino acid production and is critical to muscle growth. So you're shooting yourself in the foot.

    Also, the odds may seem long against salmonella at one of every 12,000 eggs. But if you consume six whites a day, that adds up to over 2,000 egg whites in a year. So you're signing up for good odds at salmonella every six years.

    I had salmonella once, and let me tell you that once in a lifetime is far too much of a risk as far as I'm concerned.

    Just eat real food - it isn't that hard. Protein shakes, in my opinion, are just an invitation to consume industrial byproducts.
  • ciizer

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    Jun 22, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    thanks, well, i usually consume my eggs soft boiled, just tonight that i felt a little more hardcore and adventurous. but i shall eat it cooked now. thank you icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 22, 2012 8:35 PM GMT
    principal0 said
    Just eat real food


    How is a raw egg not real food
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    Jun 22, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    WhyWhySee said
    Ariodante said
    principal0 said
    Just eat real food


    How is a raw egg not real food

    I think he said protein shakes are not real food


    Precisely. And they aren't.
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    Jun 22, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    principal0 said
    WhyWhySee said
    Ariodante said
    principal0 said
    Just eat real food


    How is a raw egg not real food

    I think he said protein shakes are not real food


    Precisely. And they aren't.


    The way you precluded it with several paragraphs on raw eggs it kind of reads like you're saying it about them.