Unless your name is Rocky Balboa and you’re preparing for a fictional boxing match, consuming raw eggs may not be the best idea. While raw eggs do in fact contain a greater nutritional value than cooked eggs, consuming them for their protein can be risky. It is a well-known fact that most foods lose a high percentage of their nutritional value when heat is applied. However, as the heat may kill some nutrients, it also kills a dangerous bacterium that lowers your risk of disease associated with raw egg consumption.
A strange phenomena associated with raw egg consumption is it’s effect on biotin levels in the body. Raw eggs contain roughly a third more biotin than cooked eggs. This is one of the many reasons people find eating raw eggs to be so beneficial, as biotin is an essential nutrient that can help boost skin health. The body uses biotin to build strong skin, nails, and hair. It also helps to create a shine that makes skin and hair appear healthy. Strangely enough, The American Society for Clinical Nutrition recently released a study that suggests the biotin derived from raw eggs can actually be linked to biotin deficiency in the human body. Reasons for this have not been further investigated, but it has been deliberated that biotin from raw eggs is more difficult for the body to break down and use.
The most significant issue recently discovered in regards to raw egg consumption is risk of developing salmonella. Salmonella is a food borne sickness that is found in raw chicken food products. Anyone who consumes raw chicken meat or eggs is at risk of developing salmonella. It is a type of bacteria that can only be detected by a blood or stool test. It is easily treatable with antibiotics and anti diarrhetics, but can cause extreme discomfort and can lead to death if gone untreated. Symptoms of salmonella include: vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, hot and cold flashes, headaches, and bloody stool. It’s clear that although this illness is treatable, consuming raw eggs may not be worth the risk.
That being said the risk of getting salmonella from raw eggs is below 1 percent. However, the actual statistics vary from source to source. At the end of the day, it’s truly up to you to decide whether you’re willing to take the chance for the sake of higher nutritional value. In all honesty, you can easily get the same nutritional value of raw eggs from various much safer food sources. But if you’re still dead set on reenacting a pre work out movie scene, organic eggs are much safer to consume raw than non-organic eggs. The lack of chemical preservatives actually decreases your chances of catching salmonella from the raw chicken product. All in all, it would seem that consuming raw eggs actually has more health benefits than health risks, but regardless, there are probably much tastier ways to get the same amount of protein and essential vitamins into your daily diet.