Are raw eggs
healthy? Like most things, that depends on who you listen to, what eggs
and how deep you research. I certainly bought into the status quo on
this one and never looked deeper until a doctor suggested that I eat raw
egg yolks to help my mysterious illness. I must admit, I was a bit stunned and afraid at the thought of it..and
even more so about doing it in tropical Asia in a developing country.
Now that we have been eating healthy, raw, pastured eggs from small farms in Asia for over a year ( and almost 6 months of organic pastured raw eggs in California before that) I have much more confidence and see it's benefits in healing. I was totally debilitated, sick and in pain, before I began eating them and almost 100% healed now thanks to a few important diet changes like this.
DOCTORS AND HEALTH PROFESIONALS WHO EAT RAW EGGS
As I looked deeper into the issue, I discovered other MD's and health experts who had been eating raw eggs for years and praising the benefits of raw eggs:
"Raw egg yolk has been compared to human breast milk because it
can be absorbed almost 100% without needing digestion. There
is no need to limit number of egg yolks per day, as they absorb quickly
almost without needing any digestion and will provide your patient with
wonderful and most needed nutrition. Get your eggs from a source you
trust: fresh, free range and organic. Dr. Natasha
Campbell McBride M.D. Neurologist, MaMedSci ( Nutrition) GAPS
"So to be clear, my advice is that you can safely eat WHOLE raw eggs, from a healthy fresh source. Personally I eat four whole raw eggs each morning with my breakfast" Dr. Mercola D.O.
coauthor Jordan Rubin's healing process, he consumed this smothie one to
two times per day with raw eggs. ( Popular belief to the contrary, eggs
from healthy free-range chickens are almost always free of pathogenic
salmonella. However, before consuming raw eggs, it's best to thoroughly
wash the shell with mild alcohol or hydrogen peroxide solution)." Dr.
Joseph Brasco M.D. ( Restoring Your Digestive Health).
I have eaten up to 24 whole raw eggs daily for 28 years with no ill
effects. Thousands of people have eaten up to 33 whole raw eggs daily
for up to 25 years with none of the symptoms associated with biotin
deficiency." Anjonus Vonderplanitz ( We Want to Live)
"I eat raw eggs but lots of people are scared to do it because of
infectious disease and biotin deficiency issues. I am not because my
diet is very balanced and I have no AI diseases." Dr. Jack Kruse M.D. Neurologist
RAW EGG - RISKY OR SUPERFOOD?
Raw eggs are eaten on a daily basis in Japan and they are considered one of the healthiest nations. Egg yolks are one of the rare foods that contain high
levels of vitamin D, which supports the immune system and more important than vitamin C!
Like most people, the fear of salmonella poisoning was drilled into me over the years via the media, ( and nursing school), but reading more deeply into that gave me a deeper understanding of the true risks.
ANYTHING we put into our mouths, even by things we touch like keyboards, kitchen sinks, ( 2 of the most dangerous) etc. is a risk, just like every time we get into our car or on a plane, but one must think more in terms of calculated risks when making decisions. Keeping ones immune system strong is the best defense.
eggs are one of the best compact foods in nature. Eggs are the
ultimate, complete fast food. However the protein in eggs is not
utilized for cellular reproduction. They are utilized for regeneration
and maintenance. The relationship between raw eggs and salmonella
poisoning is a myth" (The great egg panic by Emily Green, LA R times Jan 2000)
"There’s absolutely no reason to limit your consumption of eggs to
three to four per week, as recommended by “heart-healthy” nutritional
guidelines. In fact, consuming two to three eggs per day would provide a
better boost to your health and protection against disease than a
multivitamin supplement. Eggs truly are one of nature’s superfoods.
It’s important, however, to make sure that you buy organic,
pasture-raised eggs. Studies show that commercially-raised eggs are up
to 19 times higher in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
Unfortunately, almost all eggs sold in supermarkets – even the organic
eggs sold at chains such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats – are not truly
pasture-raised." Chris Kresser L.AC
"The well-circulated salmonella risk, which isn’t the dire prospect it’s often made out to be. Of course, not all eggs are created equal
when it comes to salmonella or nutrition. Not only are organic, free
range eggs more nutrient-dense, one study found them to be significantly less contaminated than battery cage hens.
Hens that graze and eat a natural diet as well as have more space to
roam (to avoid living in feces) are naturally healthier." Mark Sisson
HOW RISKY IS SALMONELLA IN RAW EGGS?
In truth, only 0.003% (1 in 30,000) eggs are actually contaminated with salmonella, BUT the risk is even less if the eggs you are consuming are free range, pastured eggs.
you live in the USA, you have 1 in 100 chance of dying in a motor
vehicle accident, a 1 in 1000 chance of dying by accidental drowning and
a 1 in 20,000 chance of dying in a plane crash. So you are much more at
risk driving to work every day or taking a bath/swimming and even
taking a plane.
Even if you should get a 1 in 30,000 salmonella
infected egg ( which is almost impossible in the home environment and
almost always occurs in institutions like hosptials or restaurants), if
you are relatively healthy, you would at most get a flu-like illness for
2 or 3 days, then feel fine and be fully recovered.
very common pathogen found almost everywhere, and it is more likely, to
multiply on cooked food that you keep in your refridgerator or via your
pet. Typically Salmonella is a self-limited condition and takes
care of itself. You don't need treatment or antibiotics or to be
It is more of a risk for babies and the elderly,
so I did consider this fact when I recommended pastured organic raw eggs
and organic, pastured raw milk to my 85 year old mother, but she is
healthy and it's super nutrition to help her osteoporosis, so her
progressive M.D. also thought it was an excellent idea.
Vonderplanitz documents a case in his book about an almost dying 80
year old, who had a miraculous recovery just by eating raw eggs.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW EGGS - A SUPERFOOD! There
are reasons why atheletes and bodybuilders, just like that Rocky movie
scene, like to eat raw eggs. I've learned to eat them like that, but
prefer them in a raw milk eggnog or raw milk kefir smoothie
like I give to my family. I also love poached or soft boiled ( best
ways to cook them if you must) and my husband likes sunny side up with
liquid yokes for more nutrition as heating kills some of the advantages.
provide you with:
The most essential amino acids like Tryptophan
and Tyrosine ( providing prevention of cardiovascular disease and
cancer), many vitamins (B1, B2,
B6, B12, A, D, biotin), essential fatty acids, zinc magnesium and
numerous other nutrients.
* Improves brain and nervous system function * Burns fat * Gives the body more energy * Supports the immune system * Improves circulation * Improves glandular function * Improves homone balance * Speeds up metabolism
Eggs from pastured chickens ( compared to commericial USDA eggs) contained:
* 1⁄3 less cholesterol * 1⁄4 less saturated fat * 2⁄3 more vitamin A * 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids • 3 times more vitamin E • 7 times more beta carotene
For those who have bought into the Cholesterol myths,
check out that link ( by M.D. PhD) as well as any books by Gary Taubes
or Mary G. Enig PhD who explain the science well backed by studies
We get 50 eggs one or two times a week from the farmers market here (
gathered from small farms of free range organic eggs..or so they say as I
haven't been to them yet) or from the organic stores in Penang.
We eat most of them raw daily in smoothies that combine things like
organic raw milk or coconut kefir, tumeric, organic prunes, organic raw
unheated honey, banana, organic cinnamon and organic goji berries to
the eggs. LOTS of antioxidants!
I can get wonderful pastured chickens from DQ and now can find
delicious fresh raw goats milk from Happy Goat Farm, but I have yet to
find pastured grass fed beef, so eggs are an important protein source
I buy them fresh ( most eggs in USA stores are at least 3
weeks old), and refrigerate them, but first I wash them and soak them
in either peroxide and water or GSE in water. I also always use a bit of organic cold pressed coconut oil with them as an added protection as it is naturally antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.
Each person, must decide on their own diets and risks, but for us, this seems to really work. Any questions?