Raw eggs: worth the risk?

What’s the number 1 reason most people don’t consider eating raw eggs to be safe?  Salmonella.


Many people don’t eat eggs at all, for fear that their cholesterol will rise.  Even more would avoid eating them raw for fear of food poisoning (salmonella).


Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and I typically eat two of them, RAW  every day.  Now, I don’t crack them open and drink them like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, but I do add them to my smoothies and shakes.  They are tasteless and give the beverage a smooth consistency.


I am not concerned about my cholesterol going up due to eating eggs.  In fact, if anything, research suggests that eating eggs will actually raise your HDLs.  That’s a good thing.  Egg yolks contain lecithin, which actually lowers cholesterol.


And speaking of the yolks, I can’t understand why on earth anyone would only eat the whites and through out the yolk.  The yolk is where 90% of the nutrition is.  That would be like ordering a deluxe pizza, scrapping all the toppings off, and only eating the crust.


So, what about salmonella?  According to the F.D.A, about 1:30,000 eggs are contaminated.  Those are pretty good odds, and the one that is contaminated will probably be pretty obvious.  It might smell, be cloudy, or have a blood spot.  Odds are you’ll pick it out and through it away.


What’s the worst case scenario?  You might get salmonella.  You might get a little sick to your stomach, run a fever, or have diarrhea  – not the end of the world.  And remember, you have a 30,000:1 chance of NOT getting sick.


You can dramatically reduce your odds of illness, by choosing your eggs wisely.  Eggs are cheap, but you should spend the extra money to buy free-range, organic, eggs from chickens that haven’t been given massive amounts of antibiotics, or hormones.


So, what do you think?  Does it totally gross you out to think about eating raw eggs?  Again, I’m not suggesting that you consume them plain, but rather add them to your smoothie or shake.  You won’t know they are there, but your body will love you for the massive amount of nutrition you’ve given it.


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