Do you add raw eggs to your milkshake? Here are two good health reasons to avoid this practice.
There was a time when it was popular for bodybuilders to add raw eggs to their breakfast smoothie for an additional protein source to build bigger muscle. While some hardcore weight lifters still do this, it’s not a good idea when it comes to health. Here are two good reasons not to eat raw eggs.
Eating Raw Eggs Can Make You Sick
Sure, the risk of getting a serious case of food poisoning from eating raw eggs is small, but why take a chance? Around one out of every thirty thousand raw eggs harbors a bacteria called Salmonella enteriditis. This bacteria which is most commonly found in the yolk of the egg, causes abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever which can last up to a week. Older people, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune system who eat raw eggs infected with Salmonella enteriditis may experience a more serious form of bloodstream illness which can be life threatening. The way to avoid this threat is to cook eggs to 160 degrees Farenheit or higher before eating them.
Eating Raw Eggs Can Cause a Biotin Deficiency
Biotin is a B vitamin that’s important for energy metabolism – especially for the breakdown of carbohydrates and amino acids. Biotin deficiency is rare because it’s found in so many foods, but it can be brought on by eating raw eggs. Raw eggs contain a protein called avidin which binds tenaciously to biotin and prevents its absorption – leading to a biotin deficiency. A biotin deficiency causes hair to become brittle and skin to become dry. Significant hair loss can occur in some cases. It can also cause depression, hearing loss, and intestinal problems. The best way to avoid a biotin deficiency is to cook eggs before eating them to denature the avidin protein.
Alternatives to Eating Raw Eggs
The best alternative is to cook them, but if you want to add raw egg to a milkshake or smoothie, use a pasteurized egg product like Egg Beaters instead. The pasteurization process destroys Salmonella enteriditis that can cause illness.
The Bottom Line?
If you eat raw eggs, switch over to Egg Beaters instead. By doing so, you’ll lower your risk of food borne illness as well as your chances of getting a biotin deficiency.